Conversations on the Game Changer
The “game changer” is of course the Squat. “Conversations” should probably read whinging, or moaning but that would ruin the title.
Around this time of year these types of conversations occur regularly, and usually follow this kind of patten.
Questions not heard at Westside, “Can’t I do Leg Presses instead?”
Conversation 1 – “Do I really have to do these?”
Conversation 2 – “Can’t I use the (insert name of machine here)?”
Conversation 3 – “But I don’t want to get too big.”
“And I don’t want to get too rich; now get on with it!”
As I have said in previous blogs these conversations really boil down to – “I’m too lazy for these; can I do something else?”
And the answer is – “No, not unless you change your goal.”
The thing with the Squat is that it is a cornerstone of any good training plan regardless of your goal. It is the one exercise which if performed consistently and with effort will practically guarantee success. That’s why I call it the Game Changer.
If someone comes to me and says that they like Squats then my first thought is that either you’re a psychopath, or you’re not doing them right. 9 times out of 10 it’s the latter.
You’ll be pleased to know that this group is in the minority; most, as represented by the conversations above, fall into either the “avoid at all costs”, or “begrudgingly do them” categories.
So Dear Reader, how do we overcome this conundrum? You accept that they’re good for you, and they’ll help you achieve your goal, but you hate doing them. We need to reframe this issue.
Squats might be hard, but if you’re performing 5 sets of 5 reps with genuine effort, then the total amount of time you’re actually working is around 2 minutes. If you’re not prepared to put up with 2 minutes of discomfort then a life of unmighty mediocrity is sure to be yours.
The answer is still “No alternatives; get on with it!”