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Monster Squat: A Step By Step Guide to a Bigger Squat! [Kindle Edition]

Joe "Ironman" Norman
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Book Description

"How much can you squat?"

When posed with that question, wouldn't it be nice to say "You wouldn't believe me if I told you"?



Whether you are just into weightlifting and want to improve on your back squat or you are currently competing or plan on competing in the sport of powerlifting, this book is for you. This book will guide you on your quest for a Monster Squat.


There are all kinds of techniques and ways to squat, but the best way to learn is from the experts and those people are the powerlifters. Powerlifters have worked for years to fine-tune techniques that enable them to squat weights that most people in the world couldn't imagine would be possible.



As a competitive powerlifter for more than thirteen years, the author of this book is no stranger to the monster weights. He has made a name for himself as one of the most powerful squatters in the sport. He is one of the top ranked lifters in the world in three weight classes and still holds numerous national and world squat records. At age 38 he was one of only a few men in the world to squat over 1,000 lbs. at a body weight of 220 lbs. and at age 42, his squat of 1,105 lbs. at 249 lbs. body weight solidified his status as one of the top squatters in the world. He has taken all that experience and put it in this book.



Beginners, don't be scared! You don't have to know anything about powerlifting training or powerlifting routines to reap the benefits from this book. There is one whole chapter dedicated to teach you the fundamentals of the squat - to teach you how to squat like a powerlifter. You will learn how to use proper squat form to develop a strong powerful squat while minimizing the risk of injury.



Advanced Lifters, even if you think you know it all, you will get a fresh perspective with insightful knowledge to be able to set up your workouts to maximize your squatting efforts. By adding various specialty squat exercises, described in this book, to your routines you will be able to work your weaknesses and advance your squat to the next level.



For the Competitors, there is a chapter on the most effective powerlifting gear to help you in your gear selection, as well as a chapter dedicated to competition with tips and tricks to help you maximize your squat effort on meet day.


For everyone, squatting monster weights takes more than just brute strength, it takes mental preparation and sometimes inspiration. There is a chapter dedicated to that as well.


To Sum it all up, no matter your squat level, you will learn the following:


  • The basics of the squat and how to perfect your form
  • Setting up a training schedule and routines to maximize your effort toward your monster squat
  • Choosing the proper exercises to build a strong powerful squat
  • Powerlifting gear, from single-ply to multi-ply
  • Taking your squat to the competitive level
  • Mental preparation

Get your copy today and start on your path to conquer your Monster!

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About the Author

Joe "Ironman" Norman has made a name for himself as one of the most powerful squatters in the sport of powerlifting today. He is one of the top ranked lifters in the world in three weight classes and still holds numerous national and world squat records. At age 38 he was one of only a few men in the world to squat over 1,000 lbs. at a body weight of 220 lbs. and at age 42, his squat of 1,105 lbs. at 249 lbs. body weight solidified his status as one of the top squatters in the world. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, Joe is still training and competing today with Team Jax.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3342 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Joseph R Norman; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R7FBJ4
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review of Joe Norman' Monster Squat April 24, 2012
Format:Paperback
Great book, A must read book if you are in any type of strenght sport. I'm Wayne Pullum, I have been a APF,WPC,WPO Judge and board member for many years now. I have read a couple of books and a number of articles on squatting. All had good info on technique, what separates this from the others is that it leaves no stone unturned. You name it, it's covered. It is a must for not only beginners but for anyone looking to excell. Just because you've been lifting a long time doesn't mean your doing it correctly. I have known Joe for many years and he is truely a gifted lifter. When I heard that he was writing a book on squatting, I thought, "ok here we go another 15 page booklet on squat technique". I started reading it and could not put it down. Don't waste your money on buying any other book, this truely has it all. By the way , thanks Joe for letting me know I was not holding my air properly on squats. I have not put more than 400lbs. on my back in over 2 years, till this month, while training with Joe. A couple of reminders and tips on set up and suit adjustment and the next thing I know Im hitting 600 lbs.
Thanks Joe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Specialized. June 17, 2013
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I definitely found the book intensely specific to competing the squat. I'm always looking to improve the squat, despite not being a competitive powerlifter and I enjoyed the book a great deal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money December 3, 2012
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Everyone can learn something from this easy read. Joe obviously talks from a very experienced background and will help you with your squatting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book November 21, 2012
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Really good book for beginner and advanced powerlifters alike. Being a Novice/Intermediate I found a lot of useful information, and photos and see that I will re-read the book as I improve. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. September 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Helpful information, but could've benefited from the help of a more skilled writer. Also, a little bit short. Could've used more reasoning behind the information.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 5, 2012
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Monster Squat is thoughtful, concise and thorough. If you're a powerlifter it's a must read written in a very readable style. One of the best strength training books I've read - and I've read a bunch of them. It also corresponds to my eight years of experience as a competing lifter. That is, work the basics hard but smart and you will improve. But also it takes time - years - to be a competent and good squatter. Even if you never want to compete as a lifter this book is sound, easy to understand strength training advice by a skilled practitioner.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster Squat... Learn from the best! May 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I met this Monster of a squatter 3 years ago in Florida, at the Masters Nationals Powerlifting contest. I can remember thinking I was going to have one of the highest squats there. I was hoping to get close to 1000lbs. During weigh ins you also have to give your opening weights in all three lifts. When I heard that a fella was going to open with a grand, I had to see who he was.I tracked him down and he looked more Gorilla then Human. I was completely psyched out.I went out to the platform and failed miserably. I tried to open with the record in my age and weight class. Not! I then added another 50+ pounds to make it 903 and got called for depth on both my second and third attempts. My meet was over. I watched Joe squat and was amazed. He was truly a squat technician. I started in with the 1000 questions. I found out he had been squatting 1000+ in meets since 2003. He has hit that weight or more in close to 25 contests! For anyone wanting to squat their biggest PR, Joe can show you how. His book is a how to, on how to get your biggest squat of all time. He has helped me get back to the contest this year and with his help I hope to get close to 1000 again!
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2.0 out of 5 stars good stuff about the basics. but not more than that. September 10, 2014
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I am disappointed with this book. I expected much more of an experienced man, And a book of squatting. He has nothing written on bone structure or illustrated art in any way! No picture or video of how to do the squat or how deep or the position..
I have learned a little. But i already know it. You can learn alot more with some youtube videos!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book on squaring.
I've been squatting for years and still found much to learn from this book. Definitely will be putting it into practice.
Published 16 days ago by Terra Vaughn
5.0 out of 5 stars good book, covers the squat techniques really good and ...
good book, covers the squat techniques really good and detailed.
also containes training and cycling guidlines(especially if you focus on squat).
Published 16 days ago by Tzafrir Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars SOLID!!
I would recommend this book for beginners as well as advanced lifters. The way Joe writes, you feel like you're right there lifting with his team. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
This book has a lot of info in it including proper variations of form. I think it is best for people interested in competition squatting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kevin Cleary
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and objective squat training information
As an older and very experienced powerlifting competitor I give this book a recommendation for anyone seeking more training
information....particularly newer competitors. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Donald Swingle
4.0 out of 5 stars great guide, misleading though
this is not a squat routine!!!!!!! but read it, absorb it, use it! this is a good guide for anyone just starting offf. and veterans of the sport!
Published 7 months ago by brandon huddleston
3.0 out of 5 stars For powerlifters is a great resource but...
To be honest I was expecting a little more but the writer is a legit power lifter.

Learned a couple of new tricks and tips. Thanks!
Published 8 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book! I wish I would have read it before I started StrongLifts 5X5. I could have eliminated a lot of frustration and a lower back injury. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Wayne A Sparinga
2.0 out of 5 stars solid book
A solid and enjoyable but.....but no real eye openers unless you have access to advanced equipment....for $5 overpriced for what it delivers
Published 21 months ago by John Biggs
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More About the Author

At age of 30, Joe "Ironman" Norman started his powerlifting career by joining up with Team Jax out of Jacksonville, FL. As a computer programmer during the day, Joe dedicated is nights and sometimes weekends to become one of the top ranked powerlifters in the sport today. He has broken and still holds numerous national and world squat records spanning three weight classes.

He has been very fortunate in his career to have partnered up with some of the best powerlifters in the world. In 2003, he teamed up with Brian Siders for the 2003 Mountaineer Cup V, where they took second place. Also, in 2004 and 2005, he teamed up with the great Ed Coan for both Mountaineer Cups, winning the cup in 2004.

As an overall top ranked lifter, it is Joe's squat that has made him renowned as one of the most powerful squatters in the sport. At age 38 he was one of only a few men in the world to squat over 1,000 lbs. at a body weight of 220 lbs. and at age 42, his squat of 1,105 lbs. at 249 lbs. body weight solidified his status as one of the top squatters in the world.

To give back to the sport, he published his first book "Monster Squat: A Step By Step Guide to a Bigger Squat!" He has also started a blog at www.monstersquat.com to provide other lifters with the knowledge and insight they need to become a great powerlifter.

If you have any questions about squatting or powerlifting in general, fell free to contact Joe by email at teamjaxfl@gmail.com. He is always there to offer good advice.




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