I’ve recently decided to gain some weight and the first thing that came to mind (after “just eat” or course) was the old 20 rep squats program. Anyways, I was thinking about it and I began to wonder, just how important are the 20 rep squats to the actual process?
Milk, in and of itself, is highly anabolic. It causes a huge spike in insulin and when you’re drinking a gallon a day you’re getting quite a few extra calories. It seems like drinking a gallon of milk a day alone would be responsible for much of the results seen in the Super Squats program.
Of course, the squats add several minutes of TUT under a relatively heavy load weekly, but how important is that particular set and rep scheme. My current routine involves lifting a few singles at around 90% pretty much every day with deficit DLs, bench press, and chin ups.
In my mind, I see my current plan, teamed with the gallon of milk, bringing similar results to the SS program. There’s not nearly as much TUT, but my lifts are done at a much higher intensity.
So, what are everyone’s thoughts on this? Are the 20 rep squats really essential to the program, or would any heavy compound lifting satisfy the training requirements?