Squats Are Zen

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One quick note and then we'll talk iron.

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2. Squats Are Zen

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
pumped his delts.

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

After his workout, he stopped to watch
the Big Man.

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

The Small One had never seen this
exercise. And he had never seen so
many plates. He wondered where
they came from.

The Big Man did rep after rep of his
strange new exercise. The bar bent
as he did his reps.

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.

"Why are squats zen?" asked the Small

"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. It was a
big surprise to him. He never got sore
anywhere else, even if he pumped for
hours and hours. Being sore was a
totally new experience for him.

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

The Small One went to ask the Big

"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 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

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!

And remember - grab the January issue of
the Dinosaur Files. It's zen, too:


Yours in strength,
Brooks Kubik

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P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Training works
better when you keep it zen." - Brooks Kubik