“Whatever our recipe might lack in complexity of volume will be more than recouped in intensity.”
- Randall J. Strossen, Super Squats
Until I started doing 20-rep squats I had always thought of myself as a hard gainer. In high school I’d come home from basketball practice and eat a whole frozen pizza and massive bowl of ice cream without ever gaining a pound. Between when I started lifting in January and the end of March, I’d only gained about 20 pounds. While I looked more defined, I wasn’t much bigger.
Then, in early April, I saw Danger & Play endorse Randall J. Strossen’s Super Squats: How to Gain 30 Pounds of Muscle in 6 Weeks. Initially I though the book’s premise sounded a little too Tim Ferriss-esque, still I bought the book and decided to try it out.
Two months and 20 some pounds later, I can wholeheartedly say that Super Squats is the best workout program I have ever followed.
At first glance the book seemed too simplistic and easy. There are no crazy exercises, Strossen doesn’t unveil some miracle supplement to take, there’s no out of place celebrity endorsement, and no one creates a silly acronym for the routines. This is just an easy to read and straightforward book about why you should drink lots of milk and make 20-rep squats the central part of your workout. That’s it.
Despite the program’s simplistic nature, it’s brutally difficult. The first time I completed a set of 20-rep squats I threw up on myself. Another time I stumbled and rolled the bar across my neck, causing me to nearly blackout. On a different occasion I forgot compression shorts and ended up ripping my boxers in half after my thighs swelled up.
If you’re looking to gain a lot of muscle in a short amount of time I highly recommend picking up a copy of Super Squats.