Squat Chains

On most days you head to the gym and ‘do the right thing’. You take out your training log, follow the reps and sets, add a little more weight than last week and walk out the door feeling pretty darn good about yourself. Other days, you’re not quite ‘feeling it’ and you spend less time hoisting heavy iron and more time chatting up the hot chick working her hammies. Hey, it happens.

Then there are some days you just walk into the gym feeling extra pumped and super focused. Sure you could bang out your regularly scheduled training program. Hell, the way you’re feeling you could probably hit a couple of PR’s. But, today, you’re same-old training program just won’t do. You want to tackle something tough. You want a challenge. You want to train so hard that you crawl out of the gym. You want to GET CRUSHED.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help. Each week we’ll give you a tough, one-off workout that you can try when you are looking for the ultimate training challenge of just feel like you need a break from your regular routine. But be warned, this training program will leave you totally CRUSHED.

See the workout on next page.

Squat 10 7 13 B

Most training programs are set up to do a certain number of reps for a certain number of sets. Or perform as many reps as possible for a certain amount of time. This workout takes those tried and true protocols and spits them out into the corner puke bucket.

The goal of this workout: Squat 10,000 pounds in as few reps as possible. You can load the bar with whatever weight you’d like, change weights as frequently as you’d like and perform as many reps per set as you like, but at the end of the day all that squatting needs to add up to 10,000 pounds.

Feel free to rest as much or as little between sets as you’d like. You can also feel free to pass out on some comfy yoga mats once you get to the 10K.

If you can do it in 50 reps or less, you are doing pretty well. 30 reps or less and you are a beast. Do it in one rep and you are technically a forklift.

The 10,000 lb. Squat Workout 

Barbell Back Squat

10,000 lbs. total in as many reps as needed

Let us know how many reps it took you to get to 10,000 and what strategies you used along the way in the comments section below.

Dan Trink is a personal trainer, strength coach and nutritional consultant based in New York City. To find out more about Dan visit www.trinkfitness.com