500 Bodyweight Squats

Carl in Dover

Level 5 Valued Member
Sure, why not? It's fun to set a goal or challenge yourself! Just don't get hurt in the process. Watch that your form doesn't deteriorate as you get through it.
Are you doing it for time, or over a period of time?

Christine and I are getting ready to cycle a metric century today. Just because....
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Carl in Dover.
 

pet'

Level 8 Valued Member
Hello,

@Jak Nieuwenhuis
Yes they are, at least in my opinion.

If you are able doing them in a row, you may be a beast in terms of conditioning, but also quite strong. I think this is always interesting to vary the version from day to day. Some days regular squats, some others deep knee bends, Hindu, even pistols. Of course, the number may vary from a version to another. For instance, the Hindu requires more balance than the regular, and always keep tension in the legs. However, ROM tends to be smaller.

I noticed that massive reps of regular move version tend to transfer pretty well to every day life (endurance), but also to strength. I mean that if you are able to do pistols, just a GTG maintenance will be enough, but aside, you can build a huge endurance with your 500 squats.

Kind regards,

Pet'
 

Neuro-Bob

Level 8 Valued Member
I expect considered it off and on over the years, but I usually end up not doing it because of the inefficient time use. Of course, seeing this post makes me consider it again......it is admirable and an acheievement.
 

mprevost

Level 6 Valued Member
What I am working on is something similar with pushups, pullups, and bodyweight squats.

Workour 1: Every minute on the minute, 10 slow pushups, 10 slow bodyweight squats, 20-25 minutes

Workout 2: 3-4 pullups every minute on the minute for 20-25 minutes

I simply alternate every other day. In between those workouts, I run for an hour. I also do some core work and stretching after the workouts.

I am slowly working my way up to 400 pushups/bodyweight squats in a workout, and 200 pullups. I expect it to take quite a while to get there. It is nice to be out of the gym.
 

Sergej

Level 3 Valued Member
@mprevost:

Sounds really simple,solid and good!!!

More guys on forums should consider something basic as this instead of complicating things!
 

offwidth

Level 9 Valued Member
I made the acquaintance of an elderly Indian gentleman several years back, who would do 500 Hindu Squats as his warmup... daily!

Often times as a once or twice weekly finisher to a 'park' workout we would do this as a finisher...
  • 150 b/w Squats non-stop
  • 4 x 400m fast run
  • 150 b/w Squats non-stop
So... 500 Squats? Very doable. But to echo what @Boosh32 said... it really depends on what a person is trying to achieve.
 

mprevost

Level 6 Valued Member
@mprevost:

Sounds really simple,solid and good!!!

More guys on forums should consider something basic as this instead of complicating things!
Well I like simple and my goals are very modest right now, so this fits. The only thing I would change is that I would add reps of one hand kettlebell deadlifts (or light swings) to the sets of pullups (X pullups and X one arm kettlebell deadlifts, every minute on the minute for 20-25 minutes. But I don't currently own a kettlebell.

The beauty of this simple workout is that it also provides a good bit of cardiovascular conditioning. My heart rate is elevated for the entire 20-25 minutes.
 

dododo

First Post
I love Paul Chek...he's amazing.
Like everyone is saying, what are your goals?
I think a big problem with a ______ (100rep, 500rep, etc) challenge is the fact that it's really only gratifying to the ego. What's the practical point of that? It sounds cool and tough but likely isn't too effective at anything besides training your body to do tons of bodyweight squats.
 

the hansenator

Level 6 Valued Member
One thing I've never seen addresses is lightly weighted squats for high reps. Like instead of 500 bodyweight, do 100 with a 45 pound bar. I suppose the goal would be similar to why someone would do high rep bodyweight squats except with slightly more strength emphasis.
 

mprevost

Level 6 Valued Member
I love Paul Chek...he's amazing.
Like everyone is saying, what are your goals?
I think a big problem with a ______ (100rep, 500rep, etc) challenge is the fact that it's really only gratifying to the ego. What's the practical point of that? It sounds cool and tough but likely isn't too effective at anything besides training your body to do tons of bodyweight squats.
Challenges can sometimes be about more than strength or a particular physiological goal, or transfer to sport or life. We don't always have to optimize. Sometimes we do some things because they are hard (that's why they are referred to as "challenges") and we know they will help us build some discipline or just because we find them to be motivating.
 

sizzlefuzz

Level 6 Valued Member
I feel like I should comment on this because due to this post I decided to put together a circuit that would total to 500 BW squats (I went with deep knee bends, or Hindus):

Bodyweight Dino Circuit:
Push up x15
Pull up x3
Dip x5
Body Row x7
Deep Knee Bend x50 (repeated 10x)

Overall, the hardest part of this was definitely the deep knee bends aspect. The total reps per round were 30 upper, 50 lower. Eventually I would like to work up to more reps so this is 50/50, I suppose it might look like this

Push up x22 (weird, I know)
Pull up x5
Dip x8
Body Row x15
Deep Knee Bend x50 (repeated 10x)


Anyway, it was a fun circuit to do and ended up making a cool sweat puddle on the floor. The first 4 rounds went pretty easy, but 5, 6, and 7 despair started to set in. After that, I felt like I could see the light at the end of the tunnel and was able to finish it off.

Honestly, the fitness center where I am staying for the long weekend with some extended family doesn't even deserve to be called a gym... dumbbells only up to 50 pounds? Kettlebells up to 30? Lame!

All in all, the 500 BW squats is a neat little conditioning challenge, but if I had had even a 24kg bell with me I could have put together a far superior session. This was a case of improvise, adapt, overcome.
 
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