I love Squats. Today I did 3 x 10 on Squats for the first time in ages (I usually do sets of 5). The last set I cranked out 12 reps. I felt like I was going to die.
Being under the bar and gruesomely repping out a set of Squats was the most amazing feeling I have ever felt.
I think Squats and Deadlifts are two very different beasts.
When you Deadlift, it's like you are ripping your soul free from the chains of the world - and at the end of the final rep of that last set you pause for a second at the top, relishing for a moment your conquest like an explorer scaling an immense mountain.
But when you Squat, It's entirely different. You are not above the world, tearing the bar against the pull of the earth, your head up to the heavens. Instead, you are in the mud, wrestling with the bull on your BACK, pushing you DOWN, into the ground, to death and humiliation. The weight tells you to stay down, to give in, to let the bull defeat you. But you don't. You fight on, pushing against the weight, the bull, your own demons. Every time you descend for another rep, you think to yourself "Am I going to make it? Will the weight crush me, or will it yield?".
In several months I want to devote a sunday to a 20-rep Squat session. Most sundays I have the gym almost entirely to myself, so It's perfect. It will be like a ritual, homage to this great exercise that anneals the soul and body.
God I love the Squat. Share your passion for this great exercise on this thread. Also you can post some of your Squating accomplishments that you are proud of.
Long live the Squat.