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Squat Every Day [Kindle Edition]

Matt Perryman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Thoughts on Overtraining and Recovery in Strength Training.

Product Details

  • File Size: 689 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Myosynthesis (April 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,127 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Is No Exaggeration May 27, 2013
By Erushka
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First, a couple of caveats. This is a book for intermediate level and above lifters. You must be beyond the stage of making predictable daily progress, you must have good technique for the basic barbell lifts (squat, deadlift, overhead and bench press, etc), you must be able to calculate a fairly accurate 1 rep max. This is not a book about body building or machine based training. This is a book for lifters who want to build uncommon strength, as defined by heavy low repetition lifting, such as Olympic or power lifting.

Perryman presents a series of blogs describing his training insights. He is articulate and open minded, at times enthusiastic about his underlying premise, that it is possible, even desirable, to get much stronger by lifting almost every day. He notes that the current training paradigm is to lift to exhaustion then take a day or longer to recover, hoping for supercompensation and avoiding overtraining. This works for some people some of the time, but there is a better way for many. Put simply, you lift very heavy almost every day, but do not work to exhaustion. In this manner you can accumulate a high volume of very heavy lifts over time. The body learns to adapt to this, and as time goes by your work capacity increases, and so do your lifts.

Perryman draws on diverse sources to make his points, from Soviet sports science to old time training programs, from modern neurology to mindfulness training. Mostly this diversity of thought is a pleasure. It's nice to witness the workings of Perryman's active and open mind. But at times he's a bit out of his league. For instance, he doesn't know much about meditation and martial arts mindsets, and makes only tenuous connections between these disciplines and weight training.
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Red Pill for the Fitness Industry August 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I recently finished this book by "skinny science geek", powerlifter/strongman, philospher, and author Matt Perryman. I will share my verdict at the end.

Every so often, an individual comes along to challenge a fundamental belief. This belief that Perryman's book discusses is the bedrock of the modern fitness industry: Work hard in the gym and go "recover" well, lest you spoil all your "gainz" and get injured.

Exercise is fantastic because it makes the body create it's very own "health tonic vaccine". This is the principle that homeopathic medicine is based on: using the body's stress response to heal itself. Stress to the body in the right dosage is useful and even essential to humans. The body is like a kitchen and say we want to remodel it by using exercise and proper nutrition. Your brain and muscles demolish your cabinets and walls through exercise, and then the immune system/master carpenter rebuilds it into a brand new kitchen while you are away at work. All the materials need to be in place because the carpenter requires quality wood and cement to build with and the time to build the kitchen while you sleep. Eat + Train + Sleep = Recovery and successful increases in our fitness level. This could be a faster mile time or heavier deadlift. How does recovery work?

Most strength and fitness training book I have encountered explain "Recovery" refer to Hans Seyle's GAS (General Adaptation Syndrome) theory. Seyle proposed that humans can adapt to the right amount of stress put on the body. This is what the fitness, strength training, and sport science fields are assuming to be true. Most personal trainers and health club workers I have encountered aren't even aware of this principle, much less applying this to clients.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a difficult book to summarise without missing the point of it entirely. As the book progresses, Matt's critique of the modern hit-points based thinking on recovery is related to (and shown to emerge from) broader ideas on the philosophy of science, neuroscience and neurophysiology, cognitive science, psychology, and several other disciplines I can't recall here (omitting evolutionary psychology). As a result, Matt begins by criticising the idea that you can't squat every day by pointing to the success of volume-based programs in Russia and Bulgaria, the lubricative effect of regular lifting on joint mobility, the benefits of volume-based programs for the recovery of tendons, and simply Matt's personal experience. Following this, Matt's question can be said to turn from 'what are the benefits of regular lifting and will it kill me?' to 'why did we ask that question in the first place?'. As such, the main purpose of this book is to challenge how people think about recovery by undermining the ideas that sustain contemporary approaches.

For example, Matt draws on research regarding the draining effect of emotional investment and Baumeister's work on finite willpower to explain why workouts can be deceptively difficult to recover from. Contemporary approaches to recovery focus intently on the muscles as the sole source of energy expenditure. But they ignore the draining impact of psyching yourself up for a lift, pushing beyond a comfortable threshold or having an end-goal mindset where each lift is a vital emotionally-supercharged contribution towards some form of Adonis-complex inspired physique. Matt offers practical solutions drawn from mindfulness and the role of the ego (see Baggini's 'The Ego Trick') to these self-imposed obstacles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, inspiring book! haven't tried the program yet, but a very good read.
Published 10 days ago by James C. Kraft
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book - then read it again!
Really liked this book. Highly recommend it to beginners and intermediates (I suspect the savy experienced lifters already use these concepts)

To me it introduced a new... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book for anyone interested in looking past the mainstream ...
Amazing book for anyone interested in looking past the mainstream definitions of "stress" and "overtraining". Read more
Published 24 days ago by Ben
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, a little redundant
He says some of the same things over & over again. You should add a tips & tricks section & maybe condense the book a little. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Martin J. Molina
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
10% Training and the other 90% giving a justification for why it may work for you. I enjoyed it and will probably give it a try next time my gains stall. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charles Watson Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars I started the book reading chapter 10 forward and I'm glad I did
This book improved how I think about exercise and more importantly how I think about life. I started the book reading chapter 10 forward and I'm glad I did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Cornell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good book! Highly theoretical level, but easy to read. Very reflective writer.
Published 2 months ago by Bjørn Johansen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read, but poorly edited.
Published 3 months ago by andrew n. matos
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well-written and eye-opening
Perryman hits on all bases with this book in regards to training and recovery. I strongly suggest anyone that is seriously interested in training to read this book.
Published 3 months ago by Tony Romero
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for those comfortable with exploring and...
This book proposes unique and enlightened perspectives on weight lifting, over training, and mental fatigue. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chester Williams
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