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Barbell A Barbell Squat Challenge for 2022 (315lb x As Many Reps As Proper)

Jayrob

Level 2 Valued Member
I have been wanting to do the squat challenge but I have a meet in 16 more days, then another one May 2023, then Nationals in September 2023. The all time squat record for 70-74 Masters IVa 100k is 396 pounds. I just squatted 408 and by Nationals it will be 440 or 200k. I don't do more than 3 reps when training for meets.

I might have to just break down and see how many reps with 315 I can do which should be over 8 and under 12! I might try tomorrow as it is just my heavy singles day. If I am successful there will be a video. If not successful the video will die! LOL
 

Boris Bachmann

Level 7 Valued Member
I think everything's current:
Sam W: 18 (1/13/22), 20 (2/10/22)
Arden: 17 (1/5/22)
Comrademode: 12 (6/14/22), 15 (7/29/22), 17 (8/18/22)
Reid W: 12 (1/22/22)
Ivan D: 11 (2/17/22)
Antti: 10 (1/19/22)
Boris B: 1 (1/1/22), 2 (1/8/22), 3 (2/12/22), 5 (3/26/22), 6 (8/20/22), 7 (9/17/22), 8 (10/29), 9 (11/19)
Mark: 3 (1/4/22), 7 (3/22/22), 8 (4/1/22)
William B: 5 (1/9/22), 8 (12/3/22)
Doug: 7 (1/2/22)
Watchnerd: 6 (6/19/22), 7 (8/27/22)
Steve K: 5 (1/17/22), 10 (5/27/22)
Jason B: 6 (2/10/22)
Silverraw: 1 (10/1/22), 3 (11/28)
John K: 1 (2/15/22)
N Hung: 1 (1/7/22), 2 (2/26/22)
Chris M: 1 (4/2/22)
 

BJJ Shawn

Level 6 Valued Member
Well, I’m not going to make it this year. Squats have been my weakest link, and while I had several cycles of them this year I haven’t gotten to 315 yet. This morning I worked up to 275 lbs, maybe could have hit 285, but that would have been it. Still have a ways to go for 315, maybe in 2023…
 

Boris Bachmann

Level 7 Valued Member
Well, I’m not going to make it this year. Squats have been my weakest link, and while I had several cycles of them this year I haven’t gotten to 315 yet. This morning I worked up to 275 lbs, maybe could have hit 285, but that would have been it. Still have a ways to go for 315, maybe in 2023…
Next year I've been thinking we should have a "Squat With Big Plates For Reps Challenge" w. separate categories for 135lb, 225lb, 315lb, etc. More people can participate and it will be more fun.
 

John K

Level 7 Valued Member
Certified Instructor
Next year I've been thinking we should have a "Squat With Big Plates For Reps Challenge" w. separate categories for 135lb, 225lb, 315lb, etc. More people can participate and it will be more fun.
I both love and hate that idea.

Love: us weaklings have more chances of performing

Hate: 225lbs x 20 doesn't sound unrealistic for me and that sounds miserable...
 

Boris Bachmann

Level 7 Valued Member
Sam W: 18 (1/13/22), 20 (2/10/22)
Arden: 17 (1/5/22)
Comrademode: 12 (6/14/22), 15 (7/29/22), 17 (8/18/22)
Reid W: 12 (1/22/22)
Steve K: 5 (1/17/22), 10 (5/27/22), 12 (12/18/22)
Ivan D: 11 (2/17/22)
Antti: 10 (1/19/22)
Boris B: 1 (1/1/22), 2 (1/8/22), 3 (2/12/22), 5 (3/26/22), 6 (8/20/22), 7 (9/17/22), 8 (10/29), 9 (11/19)
Mark: 3 (1/4/22), 7 (3/22/22), 8 (4/1/22)
William B: 5 (1/9/22), 8 (12/3/22)
Doug: 7 (1/2/22)
Watchnerd: 6 (6/19/22), 7 (8/27/22)
Jason B: 6 (2/10/22)
Silverraw: 1 (10/1/22), 3 (11/28)
N Hung: 1 (1/7/22), 2 (2/26/22), 3 (12/19)
John K: 1 (2/15/22)
Chris M: 1 (4/2/22)
 
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Boris Bachmann

Level 7 Valued Member
Looks like we might have some "Save-it-Sally" last minute entries!

Charles H: 21 (12/27)
Sam W: 18 (1/13/22), 20 (2/10/22)
Arden: 17 (1/5/22)
Comrademode: 12 (6/14/22), 15 (7/29/22), 17 (8/18/22)
Reid W: 12 (1/22/22)
Steve K: 5 (1/17/22), 10 (5/27/22), 12 (12/18/22)
Ivan D: 11 (2/17/22)
Antti: 10 (1/19/22)
Boris B: 1 (1/1/22), 2 (1/8/22), 3 (2/12/22), 5 (3/26/22), 6 (8/20/22), 7 (9/17/22), 8 (10/29), 9 (11/19)
Mark: 3 (1/4/22), 7 (3/22/22), 8 (4/1/22)
William B: 5 (1/9/22), 8 (12/3/22)
Doug: 7 (1/2/22)
Watchnerd: 6 (6/19/22), 7 (8/27/22)
Jason B: 6 (2/10/22)
Silverraw: 1 (10/1/22), 3 (11/28)
N Hung: 1 (1/7/22), 2 (2/26/22), 3 (12/19)
John K: 1 (2/15/22)
Chris M: 1 (4/2/22)
 

Boris Bachmann

Level 7 Valued Member
Welp, looks like I won't be turning in a last minute submission after all. Today was fine, and I'm okay w. it - I'm not injured and had some decent sets that were pretty dialed in form wise but 315lb x 5 was the best I could do for the day, despite wearing suit bottoms, belt, and wraps. It's cool though - I'm looking forward to getting back into some solid training.

 
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Antti

Level 9 Valued Member
My squats have gone well. My old injury seems to be gone, though I also feel like I can't yet squat as often as I'd like. Either I have to build up to capacity or then it's the looming middle-age that's getting to me. Still, squats are more fun than in a long time and strength levels go up.

I'd planned on trying out the challenge again a couple of times already. I originally planned on even maybe training for it, doing progressively longer sets for a month or so before the test day.

But... No. I profoundly do not want to. I no longer derive any enjoyment from the longer squat sets. I love the threes and fives, and just do more of them, if necessary.

Still, great to see lots of people squatting and enjoying their time. I hope this thread will keep the energy up and draw even more people to it.
 
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