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Do you need to squat heavy?
It pains me to say this, however there is technically no need to squat heavy weights…
That said, there is a basic necessity for the squatting movement pattern as it will ensure healthy ankles, knees, hips and loads more.
The squat is a fundamental human movement pattern, you need it, fact.
I am personally bias towards heavy squats, I love them, however they are not for everyone, some people may have injuries that prevent them going heavy, this is fair enough, they can adapt and do things such as goblet or front squats as substitutes, so long as they are performing the movement pattern all is good.
This short post is just to remind you that it’s okay not to squat heavy, you just need to be performing the movement in some way, shape or form to stay healthy.
Here is a simple workout structure for those who need some guidance, you can pick which ever :
W/U – Squatting pattern – Example: Goblet Squat 50 reps
A1 – Hinging movement 15-25 rep goal
B1 – Pressing movement
B2 – Pulling movement 25-50 rep goal for both
C1 – Core movement or Loaded Carry 30 rep goal or Distance for Time (e.g., 10min)
Easy, all you need do for exercise ideas is simply find a list of movements and pick ones that you feel like doing on the day.
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Accumulation & intensification
Basically the way you can structure blocks of training to help improve one or multiple elements of training.
These can be used in 2,3,4 week blocks each time or even sometimes as long as 6 weeks a piece, you can even do 6 weeks accumulation and 2 weeks intensification, this will all be down to how the individual responds.
Let’s look at some examples:
A1 – Squat
A2 – Chin
A1 – Press
A2 – Row
Day 3 – Off
A1 – Deficit Deadlift
A2 – Dip
Day 5 – Off
A1 – Front Squat
A2 – Dumbbell Clean & Press
Day 7 – Off
Acc – Weeks 1-3 – 6×6-8×70% 1RM wk 1, 72.5/75% wk 2&3
Int – Weeks 4-5 – 8x3x85% wk4, 87.5% wk5
Acc – Weeks 6-8 – 6×6-8×72.5% 1RM wk 6, 75/77.5% wk 7&8
Int – Weeks 9-10 – 8x3x87.5% wk9, 90% wk10
Deload (volume reduction or 30-60%)
Start process again for another 10weeks, starting Acc 75%, starting Int 90%
You get the idea.
The same would apply for CV training, you’d start off with a moderate intensity based on the fitness assessment results of your clients initial tests, then plan in steady state work, intervals and so on.
Each Acc/Int phase will differ in set/rep/load planing based on the clients goal, etc.
Example rep/loading ranges:
Strength – 1-6 – 85%+ 1RM
Hypertrophy 6-20 – 60-85% 1RM
Some people will need more variety and change ever couple of weeks (dopamine dominant), others may do well to stay on the same protocol for 6weeks (balanced across all neurotransmitters), it’s up to you as the trainer to find out what is best for the client.
1 – They make a plan based on a solid goal.
2 – They write practically everything down, good-bad-indifferent, they write note it all.
3 – They seek advice from people who’ve already achieved what they want.
4 – They make lifestyle & behaviour changes that best suit their goal.
5 – They ask for help when they need it.
6 – They don’t give up.
The above might seem like common sense and that’s because they are. The people who you admire for their success are doing the things that you’re not, it’s that simple.
If you want to make a body transformation or hit a specific goal you need to change your behaviour and your life so this becomes possible. You can always stay as you are, doing what you’re doing but realise that you won’t achieve anything other that what you already have.
Ask the question, take the chance, move forwards, always forwards.
Very few people like change, it’s uncomfortable, it’s hard but in the end it’s usually worth it.