The Squat Every Day Program (So Far)
Last month, BodyBuilding.com and Cory Gregory of Muscle Pharm teamed up to launch and promote Cory’s new workout program called, “Squat Every Day.” I’ve been going through the program and today is Day 14 for me, so I thought it was a good time to answer some of the questions that people have been asking me.
How Do You Know Track Your Workouts?
The nice thing about Muscle Pharm partnering up with BodyBuilding.com, is that the program is tracked through the BodySpace app. There are a few bugs here and there, and times I wish that the UI/UX was a bit more user friendly for when you’re dripping with sweat and shaky from your last set, but overall the app is very convenient and a great tool, considering it’s free. Think of Body Space as Facebook for weight lifting enthusiasts. Once you add the #SquatEveryDay program to your list of Programs, each days workout is automatically added to your in-app calendar so you’ll know when you arrive at the gym what you’re doing that session.
I get to the gym, fire up my Spotify playlist, check in on Facebook (for personal accountability), and begin tracking the days workout. If I’m not sure how to do a new exercise, there are usually short videos I can watch to see what my form should be, how to do the movement, and so forth.
So, Just How Sore Are You?
Here’s the strange thing: I expected to be sore with the program since, now, every day is leg day, but I was surprised to find that my muscles aren’t as sore as I anticipated. Maybe they’re just in shock. There’s really no way to tell. What I was surprised to discover, though, is just how much of a mental challenge the program really is – those moments of, “Shit, I’m not sure I have another set in me…”
At the end of most workouts, I’m almost more exhausted mentally than I am physically.Click to tweet
What Is The Hardest Part of the Program?
As I mentioned above, the mental exertion was very surprising and there will be several times – probably during each workout – when it comes down to your own perseverance and sheer force of will to complete the workout. That being said, the most difficult part of the program for me, was the intense daily squats. Now, I realize that sounds stupid since the program is called “Squat Every Day,” but I have had hip problems ever since I was a kid and was on crutches for a growth plate issue in elementary school.
Normally my hips never bother me but I found out around Day 6 of this program that both of my hips get extremely painful in the joints when I squat and/or deadlift. Not the dull burn of sore muscles, but sharp, piercing pain in the joints. I’ve tried varying the weight, set/rep counts, foot positioning, and so forth to no avail. Near the end of my workouts, it’s a challenge to walk up the stairs to get to my apartment, but the pain goes away by the time my alarm goes off annoyingly early in the morning. If the pain was constant, I’d be concerned, but I think it’s something I just have to live with.
What Sort Of Results Are You Seeing?
When I started the program 14 days ago, I took my measurements so that I could compare them after the program was over. What I can say so far is that my back squat 1RM (1 Rep Max) PR (Personal Record) has gone up by almost 100 pounds. I’m not sure if this is due to an actual increase in strength or if it’s more my determination to push myself to the absolute max and to leave it all out there at the rack.
Going into the program, I wasn’t comfortable squatting more than 180 pounds and yet the other night, just for fun to see what I could do, I found my new 1RM is now 270 pounds.
Would I Recommend The Program?
I think for someone who doesn’t have those hip/joint issues and has some experience with lifting weights, the program will still be very challenging but not quite as daunting. I wouldn’t recommend the program to someone who hasn’t already spent a number of hours in the gym lifting weights, fighting back when their brain tries to tell them that they should just skip the rest of their workout.
That mental discipline and focus needs to be developed ahead of time because if someone don’t have the determination to see something extremely demanding through to the end, I don’t think that person will last long with the program.
Despite my hip issues, I still show up every night to give it my all. Some nights I just physically can’t give it as much as I want or as much as I could a few nights before and I just have to be OK with that. It’s still better than not trying at all.
Don’t forget, you can follow my progress by viewing my profile on BodyBuilding.com’s BodySpace site!