Squats Are Zen!

World and Olympic champion Paul Anderson specialized on squats and military presses.  It worked pretty well for him.

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

The Small One went to the gym
and trained for many hours.

He bombed, blasted, and blitzed.

He did all the exercises he read
about in the muscle magazines.

He used all the machines -- some
of them twice!

He did high reps, peak contraction
and burns. Pumped everything to the
max. Double pumped his pecs. Triple
bumped his arms.

He finished with three hours of
Maxi-Mega Ultra Hypertrophy
Training for his bi's and tri's.

After his workout, he went to see
the Big Man.

The Big Man was training, too. He was
a strange exercise with many plates
on the bar.

The Small One watched him curiously.

When the Big Man had finished his set,
the Small One walked over to him.

"What are you doing, Big Man?" he

"Squats," said the Big Man.

"What are squats?" asked the Small

"Squats are zen," said the Big Man.

"I did 20 sets of Himalayan curls,"
said the Small One. "Are they zen?"

"They're probably not even Himalayan,"
said the Big Man as he loaded more
plates onto the squat bar.

"But why are squats zen?" asked the
Small One.

"Do squats today and tomorrow your
legs will give you the answer," said
the Big Man.

He taught the Small One how to do
squats. The Small One did five sets
of five reps.

The next day, the Small One's legs were
so sore he could barely walk. That was a
huge surprise. He wasn't sore anywhere
else. He trained for hours and hours
every day and never got sore. It was
something totally new.

"My legs are trying to tell me something,"
he said. "I wonder what!"

The Small One went to ask the Big Man.

"My legs are terribly sore," said the
Small One. "What does it mean?"

"It means that squats are zen," said
the Big Man.

Moral of the Story:

1. Strength training is zen.

2. 5 x 5 and similar sensible set/rep
systems are zen.

3. Hard work on basic exercises is zen.

4. Concentration, focus and intensity
are zen.

5. Muscle magazine silliness is not zen.

6. Himalayan curls are not zen -- even
if you do 20 sets of them.

7. Squats are zen.

As always, thanks for reading and have
a great day. If you train today, make it
a good one!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Dinosaur Training  is zen -- and you can
grab a copy right here:


P.S. 2. My other books and courses are
right here:


P.S. 3. Thought for the day: "Training
works better if you train for real."
-- Brooks Kubik