Sunday, September 16, 2012

30 DAYS OF SQUAT! (Day 16) - Timed Squats

While I'm sure the timed squats had a positive influence on our aerobic conditioning, the unexpected plus from doing the routine was the way it affected our mental states. Prior to embarking on this program, we always took five or more minutes between our heavy sets. Timed squats taught us that we didn't need much rest. ...that understanding of what the body can withstand under dire stress gave us a tremendous boost of confidence on the lifting platform. If we got rushed between attempts, it no longer mattered. It also helped us move through our regular sessions at a much faster pace, which enabled us to do more work in less time. 
From Time To Squat by Bill Starr

A few years ago, I was training for a birthday goal of squatting 225 pounds x my age. As was the case with me frequently back then, I ended up hurting myself before the attempt because I couldn't back off even when I knew I had already done more than enough. Anywho, in preparation for the high-rep challenge, I tried a lot of things, including this timed squat session which was quite demanding.

This year, I'll be working toward a similar goal - bodyweight x my age. With my bodyweight being pretty low these days, it shouldn't be too bad, but I'm not getting any younger and anything much beyond 5 reps is "high reps" for me.


Doughboy said...

That video is blocked for Americans.

Boris said...

I live in the U.S. and I can see it... Do you mean it's blocked outside of the U.S.?

EricF said...

Same here, I get the error " This video contains content from SME, EMI Music Publishing and UMG, one or more of whom have blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.
Sorry about that.". Also when searching your channel for tabata I find a kettlebell vid and not this one. Looks like youtube hid it from users other than yourself possibly.

Boris said...

Sorry about that then. I guess, because there's some Jimi Hendrix in in the background, the video has been blocked. I don't know if it's viewable in some countries but not others or not. I'll see if I can get it fixed - I don't have the original video, so it might take some doing.