LoRez, great job dude!
I was wondering: Since your gains were so big and I assume you were not using any performance enhancers (if you were that is cool I just didnt see you mention it), how much of your gains do you think were from increased muscle strength and how much from neural adaptation/technique improvement due to the increase frequency?[/quote]
I would say it was really just a mix of the two, as well as increased size. My legs and glutes did get noticeably bigger.
As far as technique, I moved my technique more towards an Olympic squat with more depth… which actually made me a bit “weaker”. There was a bit of a forward lean before and I was only going to parallel, but it was still very far from a low-bar powerlifting squat. I’d say this change was pretty negligible though.
From a frequency standpoint, squatting every day is certainly doable. My hips and knees felt great because of it. After the first week, I wasn’t sore at all during the days. No DOMS, no tightness.
You just have to be careful about managing volume and load. You’re trying to force a response that your body can recover from. In this particular case, it was an accumulative effect over the days and the weeks, each session pushing you deeper and throwing off hormonal balance, which means it really needed a deload for the body to restore itself.
I did, however, get stronger week to week, despite the CNS and hormonal effects.