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Why You Should Squat Every Day

By November 26, 2016Move, News

This is an opinion-based article about a workout program you can find here.

If anyone has read my previous articles, you know I love leg day. The intensity that goes into each workout is so high– it makes the workout (and the rest of the day afterwards) feel phenomenal.

 

But, how often did I use to experience it? Once a week, MAYBE twice a week if I was feeling aggressive.

One day, I stumbled across a fitness program by Cory Gregory, one of the founders of MusclePharm. The program is called “Squat Every Day“. The first time I saw this, I thought it was supposed to be taken as a joke.

I love working out my legs, but working them out every day?  Doesn’t that sound like overtraining?  Nope.

“If it’s important, you should do it every day.”

This is an old saying, and the program opens with it. It caught my attention. Before I read any further, I thought: the writer of the program has somewhat of a point, right? The squat is one of the most basic human movements – you practically do it all day long, every time you sit down and stand back up.

To me, squats are also one of the perfect analogies for how you go through life. Something heavy is resting on your shoulders, trying to push you down, and it’s your job to fight to get back up. 

Here’s why the program isn’t actually promoting overtraining. The program calls for squatting your heart out before your workout every day for 30 days. For example, one day you’ll do a high bar deep squat, then jump into a 25-minute chest workout. Every day has a different variation.

The program calls for many different types of squats. Don’t know what a front squat is? Perfectly fine, since the program shows you how to perform all the squats. In addition, no matter what your goals are for the gym, the program creates a tailored nutrition program to suit those goals.

The intensity for each set and each rep has to be so high that if it was any higher, you would fail.

Here’s the fundamental idea behind it all: where do you think this intensity goes once you’re done squatting? The intensity travels with you throughout your workout – leading to a better, stronger performance.  

It is not easy, and it’s not supposed to be. It’s difficult going into the gym every day and getting under the bar. But it’s extremely effective. The plan not only builds character, but also reveals it.

The first time I tried the program, I loved it from the start. Every lift was tough, but I had never felt better in the gym. More squats led to new PRs on not just my squat, but also my deadlift, bench, shoulder press… you name it, I got better at it. I loved the program so much that I just started a whole new round again. I cannot wait for the results!

If you’re considering trying it out, here’s what you should know:

  1. It’s going to be tough.
  2. It’s going to be effective.
  3. It’s going to be a lot of fun and will give you a new outlook in the weight room.

As crazy as this all sounds, I highly suggest you at least give it a look. And if you’ve got the guts, give this fantastic workout a try. I just did for the second round, and I won’t regret it. 

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Author Pat Sadowski

Pat is a fourth year at Northeastern University. He is a part of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and his biggest hobby is, of course, working out. Although he claims cardio is a myth, he absolutely loves leg day at the gym. He is a finance and accounting major pursuing his CPA. Be sure to follow him on Instagram: @pat_sadowski & @patsadowski_fitness!

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