Shut up and Squat
This is my squat. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My squat is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my squat is useless. Without my squat, I am useless. I must squat deep. I must squat heavier than my enemy, who is trying to out squat me. I must squat him before he squats me. I will. Before God I swear this creed: my squat and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of our enemy, we are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen.
Compilation of squat clips from the gym and recent meet featuring myself and team.
I will say the word “weight” a lot in this post, but I want you to understand that you can lose weight by cutting off your head. The primary goal should be fat loss and not just “weight” as this could mean anything. I’ve been over the finer details concerning the difference in the two and how we achieve the desired fat loss over just weight loss already, but if needed I will expand on it again in future posts.
No specific macronutrient is going to make you gain weight unless you eat an overabundance of calories (being from whatever source) in comparison to your energy expenditure.
This means if your energy intake is HIGHER than your energy output you will GAIN weight. If your energy intake is LOWER than your energy output then you will LOSE weight.
This can be achieved through a variety of ways from increasing your activity (more energy output) to eating smaller portions (less energy intake) or you could combine both methods. The road you take is up to you, but I suggest that you find the activities you enjoy for more energy output or you’re going to hate increasing your activity level.
Like to dance? Shake your money maker. Like to be strong? Lift some heavy ass weights. Like the water? Swim, row, kayak. Like to swing back and forth and do pull-ups? Try crossfit. (Please don’t throw paleo creampuffs at me. Srs.) It doesn’t matter what you do to increase your energy output as long as it’s more than what you’re doing now.
This is how I became a powerlifter. I started as a runner then became a marathon runner. I hate running. I loathe it. I found out I loved lifting weights and then I was bit by the iron bug and never looked back.
If you think you can’t lose weight and you don’t track your calories and/or macronutrients and you haven’t tried to increase your activity level then you’ve never tried to lose weight appropriately.
I want you to be healthy. I want you to be successful. I want you to achieve your goals. I want you to have the knowledge to be and do these things.
A restrictive diet will do more harm than good in the long run. Cheat meals are more of an indicator of a poor relationship with food or possible early signs of eating disorders. Moderation and balance in your dieting efforts is the key to long term success and making dieting a normal, healthy part of your lifestyle.
There is no such thing as clean/dirty or good/bad foods. If you speak in such ways then it’s a dead giveaway that your knowledge of the bare basics and fundamentals of nutrition science is lacking. Being healthy isn’t just about your physical well being, but also how you are mentally and emotionally which when dieting improperly can take a significant blow.
A balanced approach does not require cheat meals or days. You’ll feel like you’re cheating the system when you learn to practice moderation and flexibility in your diet and you’ll be at a healthier state.
"Few things are more pretentious, hypocritical, and downright annoying to me than people who act morally superior about eating ‘clean’ but then have massive binges that they try to justify as ‘cheat’ meals. Let me tell you something, severe caloric restriction followed by massive uncontrolled binging is NOT an effective long term diet solution for your health… mentally or physically. It’s a recipe for an eating disorder. FIND BALANCE! Stop attaching ‘good’ or ‘bad’ labels to food. A small amount of ‘unclean’ food isn’t going to ruin your diet if you account for it in your macronutrient intake and consume it in moderation. What kills your diet is when you consume the entire pizza followed by a carton of ice cream because you cannot stop once you start due to the way your diet has programmed you. Find balance, over time your mental health, and your physique will thank you!" -Layne Norton
I don’t really self-post much anymore, but today, well, today is my birthday.
Currently, I have a pulled left calf muscle, I’ve been sick for five days, I just finished finals (which I aced them all, another 4.0 semester since returning to school), I haven’t lifted in weeks due to the previous three reasons, and I haven’t pulled over 350lbs in something like six months because of a previously herniated disk.
Blah, blah. blah.
It doesn’t matter. Even with all of those things going on I still took care of my business in the gym this week and set PRs for my bench (+40lbs) and deadlift (+45lbs) at the end of my first cycle of The Cube Method. I didn’t test squat due to my calf and I will guarantee you now that I pull 500+ in two months.
Oh, that is also a PR on my beard up there and yes, that is a “Ponies Forever” t-shirt. Both increase pounds on your total. Guaranteed. Oh, and pop-tarts helped too.