You still have tomorrow to go for it.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.
You still have tomorrow to go for it.
I will try a miracle after three weeks in flue and four weeks out of gym. Monday 117,5. Wednesday 130. Saturday I hope I don't break myself...
2023 challenge have 405 and more for you!
In the past few weeks my coach has me doing sets of 12 and 10. It sucked at first. 3 sets of 12 on Mon, Wed, and Fri last week at about 50% of 1RM. This week, 3 sets of 10 at about 55%. All of a sudden in Wednesday's session (5th high rep session) I felt turbocharged, and wow it felt easy. Coach said, "It takes a few workouts to get used to the high rep volume then the squats start to feel better." It was true. The reason for them, as he said when a couple of weeks ago going in, "The hi reps will be hard...but metabolically they are different...good for the connective tissue and maybe a little muscle hypertrophy." I guess I will find out when this cycle ramps up intensity and backs off on volume whether they will help to build a stronger squat... All this to say, they might suck less if you give them more time, and they might be of benefit.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.
This is certainly the case. Reps are just a different ball of wax than higher intensity 1-3 rep sets. Different mindset, different tension - as much as we (S&C coaches) say 'every rep should be the same' (and trust me, I get why we say that), they are NOT.All this to say, they might suck less if you give them more time, and they might be of benefit.