Do I Need to Squat? Smart Strength With Charles Staley

Do I need to Squat?

Charles Staley: “I don’t think so.”

What do you mean?

“Squats are not necessary for building muscle mass. You can get the same results with other exercises such as deadlifts or bench presses.”

Why is it not necessary?

“Because squats put your muscles under tension which makes them grow.”

What does this mean exactly? Does it mean that if you squat then you will gain muscle mass and strength faster than someone who doesn’t do squats?

No! It means that if you squat then your muscles will grow at a rate much greater than they would without doing so. Your muscles will grow because the stress placed upon them is greater than when they aren’t being stressed.

How do you know this?

Well, let’s say you have a barbell sitting on top of your desk.

Now what happens if you place another weight plate underneath the first one? If the second plate rests on top of the first then how heavy can it possibly be before causing too much strain on your muscles?

Let’s see…it could be as light as 2 pounds! However, if it is 200 pounds then you are probably going to struggle to simply lift it an inch off of your desk.

So what about the 101 pound plate?

You should be able to lift it a few inches off of your desk with ease. This means that the small weight plate is placing a lot more stress on your muscles than the heavier plate which is causing little strain on your muscles. The same concept can be applied to squats. Weights between 101 and 200 pounds will make your muscles grow faster. However, it is very unlikely that you are going to be able to squat more than 201 pounds (and this would only be true for the first rep since the second would be impossible). This means that in order to continue gaining mass you need to progressively add weight.

Now let’s take a real world example of this concept. One of my former classmates is a great example.

He attended the same high school as me, was about the same height and weight (though a bit skinnier), and we even had some of the same classes. However, there was one major difference between us: he didn’t lift. I know this may sound strange to you but trust me, at one point in time I actually wasn’t into fitness (I’m not exactly sure what I was thinking).

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What Male Athletes Need to Know About Testosterone by A Larsen –

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