i was considering embarking on the 20-rep squat program until i read a thread here in which people concluded that the program did little for increasing one’s 1RM.
apparently, the program puts on a great deal of muscle size and you get good at high-rep squatting, but you won’t see any considerable gains in your 1-rep max when comparing it after the program to what it was when you started the program.
so, is there a program like the 20-rep squat program but that is designed for increasing your 1-rep max?[/quote]
20-rep squats will certainly boost your 1RM if you’re a total beginner. The stronger you get, the closer you’re going to have to get to working with limit or near limit weights, at least some of the time.
But I think for an intermediate-level guy, Korte’s 3x3 will get your squat up as well as anything, it helped me a lot. The program doesn’t use a lot of super heavy lifts but you will become a squatting machine. My technique is a million times better than it was before going through Korte’s program.
Which isn’t saying my squat technique is perfect; and also Korte did very little for my bench press.
If you want something a little more complex with more frequent exposure to heavier lifting, maybe something like Albert Fomin’s template (do a search), or Boris Sheiko’s. Point being I think you should squat frequently, at least 2-3 times/week.
But there are many ways to go about it…