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Started By aarnoe (Gillsville, GA, U.S.A.)

Started on: 6/11/2004 9:04:58 AM, viewed 2236 times
Breathing Squats

AKA: 20-rep squats, Super Squats

Anybody familiar w/ these or the routine as laid out in the book Super Squats?

I know that this isn′t exactly HD related, but legs have always been a problem for me. I′ve got turnip legs, but great calves. From what I understand, this routine can put some serious weight on in a short time, and it does utilize somewhat of a HIT principle.

Any comments/advice?

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NeuroMass (Gillsville, GA, U.S.A., Philippines) on 6/11/2004 9:35:07 PM


I always have this problem with the 20 rep squat thing or the so called BREATHING SQUATS! First doing too much rep with the squat would make your workout more of an ENDURANCE training more than anything else. Furthermore with that type of training you would reach CARDIOVASCULAR Failure first before you would reach true muscle OVERLOAD! Rememeber that to STIMULATE the muscle to GROW you need only to stimulate the muscles with HIGH INTENSITY MUSCLE OVERLOAD and not with anything else! PEACE.

aarnoe (Gillsville, GA, U.S.A.) on 6/11/2004 10:18:31 PM


Thanks for the input. I really didn′t think that 20 reps was really an excess. In fact, the consolidated routine calls for 12-20 reps of squats. Now, I know that these are 2 different beasts, too. W/ the "breathing" variety, you are squatting 20 w/ your 10 rep max.

Now, I haven′t done them yet (planning to this Monday,6/14,if I can find a spotter), but given that you are using so much weight, I would think that muscular failure would pretty much be a guarantee especially since the routine leans toward taking as many breaths (within reason) between reps as you need to move forward.

nin10dude (Salem, OR, U.S.A.) on 7/30/2004 6:09:11 PM

aarnoe! I just finished 6 weeks on the super squats routine and although it is a little different than heavy duty, I did make great progress on it! 11 lbs in 6 weeks. Little to no fat gain. I′m starting HD again for a few cycles, and then I′m planning to go back and do another 6 weeks of super squats.

neuromass, don′t knock the program till you try it. endurance or not if it puts meat on your bones then I′m up for it.

NeuroMass (Salem, OR, U.S.A., Philippines) on 7/31/2004 12:27:48 AM

nin 10 dude,

Oh yeah I′ve tried it before and base on my personal experience and analysis of the method I did not see anything that would suggest it to be anything special. In fact when I tried it for 2 months I actually LOST some weight! It might be a very effective metabolic booster but as far a building OPTIMUM muscle mass I have my doubts.


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