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Super Squats: How to Gain 30 Pounds of Muscle in 6 Weeks Paperback – February 1, 1989

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ironmind Enterprises (February 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0926888005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0926888005
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is very hard work, but you get what you put in.
M. Graves
I gained great mass from this book... Good luck to anyone who buys this, and remember if you don't want to gain size don't buy this book!
About 15 lbs. i was about a 205 squater 195 lbs bench presser and pressing 130 overhead. i weighed 145... that was two months ago.

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156 of 167 people found the following review helpful By Lincoln F. Brigham Jr. on December 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Most exercise books are a joke. Bodybuilding books are often written by or for steroid users. Aerobics books are afraid to ask the reader to work hard. Fitness books are written by celebrities no real knowledge except how to get an open line of credit with their plastic surgeon. Ab books tout the perfect exercises to reduce the size of your waist. (Sorry, only diet books can help there.) This book is the real deal. Time and again, people in the know, from Olympic weightlifters to elite track athletes, refer to the 20 rep squat program as the best strength and mass building program ever. Strossen's "Super Squat" book is the benchmark book on the subject of 20 rep squats.
That said, there are some weak points in the book. While consuming milk may be one of the most simple, effective, and obvious protein supplements around, many trainees and nutrition experts question the wisdom of consuming as much milk as Strossen recommends. Some question the effect on cholesterol levels and many claim the 30 lbs. of weight gain will be a lot of fat gain. Another issue is Strossen's claim that the pullover exercise will increase the size of the rib cage. While the exercise itself is good, this claim is unsubstantiated.
The worst flaw is that the book recommends squats - a lot of squats - without delving into the technique of what is essentially a fairly technical lift. Many novice or uncoached lifters perform the squat in a technically unsound and unsafe manner. In weightlifting, poor technique is usually the cause of injury; rarely is injury the direct result of the actual amount of weight lifted. A few diagrams and photos would have been very helpful. The average reader should supplement this book with another reference source on how to actually perform the squat safely.
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101 of 107 people found the following review helpful By George R Dekle on July 2, 2000
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"Super Squats" espouses the revolutionary theory that if you lift huge weights for huge reps, you're going to get huge muscles. No exercise except possibly the deadlift works the body as hard as the squat does. The heart and soul of Strossen's system is the twenty rep breathing squat. Load the bar to a weight you would normally do ten reps with. Do twenty, taking at least three deep breaths between each rep. Next workout increase the weight and do twenty more. Keep the auxiliary exercises to a minimum. Using Strossen as a guide, I devised a three exercise workout: twenty rep squats, bench presses, and bent rows, and it proved a very satisfactory workout indeed. Do those three exercises and do them heavy, and you cannot help but get strong. A word of caution: Squats can be dangerous. If you want to lift heavy on squats, get Stuart McRobert's "The Insider's Tell-All Guide to Weight-Training Technique." The book is a gold mine of information on how to perform weight training exercises properly and without injury.
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112 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Sean T. Carnathan on April 11, 2001
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There's a lot of good stuff in this book, and the fundamental premise -- that single sets of 20 rep squats will pack on a lot of muscle -- is too well documented to seriously dispute. (There is some dispute as to whether it's a good idea anyway, see, e.g., Pavel Tsatsouline's Power to the People.) But remember, this book is 12 years old, and weight lifting theories change all the time.
This is not the book to buy to start you off in weight lifting. It's message is pretty darn simple, and can be conveyed in a review. Do single sets of 20 rep squats 2-3 times a week. Take in a boat load of chow and get plenty of rest, add 5 lbs. to the bar every week, and you'll get a lot stronger. Some of the information conflicts with other sources, which seem to me to be more up to date and better reasoned. The best iron game writer around is Stuart McRobert, whose Beyond Brawn and Insider's Tell All Handbook to Weight Training Technique should be the core of your training library. (Strossen won't mind this recommendation, he and McRobert seem to be pretty well acquainted and mutually admiring.)
So, bottom line, if you're already well on your way down the training path, Strossen's book is an interesting read, but it's not going to serve as the basis for a comprehensive training program.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Roger FitzAlan on August 26, 2005
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This book is an excellent purchase for anyone who is beyond the beginner stage in strength training and needs some serious progress to kickstart a mundane routine. I can say with a few caveats that this book worked very well for me, and I am neither a genetically gifted strength trainer, a steroid user, or someone whose life is devoted to training. I will present you with the facts: when I undertook this program, I just barely managed the twentieth rep in the squat with 225 pounds on the bar, my bodyweight being a low bodyfat 185 lbs. (I'm five feet, nine inches tall) After five weeks of diligent attention, I thought the program had run its course and I needed something new. By that stage, I was barely managing the nineteenth repetition with 265 lbs. as the load. My own bodyweight had climbed to 194 lbs. with no visible difference in bodyfat percentage. For someone highly experienced in the squat and far from an "untrained and out of shape" person, I found this to be extraordinary progress, especially considering the fact that I normally respond better to more sets and less reps. I also found it to be a "plateau buster"-- meaning the change it wrought on my nervous system benefited me even after I stopped using the program and returned to my usual methods. In the big scheme of my strength training past and present, therefore, I consider this book to be the best twelve bucks I've ever spent.
Now for the caveats and a few other points: the book is not very well written, and I would caution the buyer to not expect a scientific blow-by-blow on why the program works. The guys at Ironmind are behind the times on the cutting-edge side of things, but they sell effective, 'steak and potatoes' advice learned from hard-won experience.
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