- 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Super Squats: How to Gain 30 Pounds of Muscle in 6 Weeks Paperback – February 1, 1989
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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.
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.
This program does add weight and strength effectively. However, the advice I this book is often taken to literally. Here are a few points:
1. The advice to drink one gallon of milk a day is acceptable, unless you're lactose intolerant. If you cannot handle dairy products, drinking so much milk will make you very sick. This may seem obvious, but many seem think the milk is central to this program and drink it despite being unable to handle dairy products......maybe explosive diarrhea and intestinal cramps makes one stronger? The point is that to make gains on this system, you need to ingest plenty of quality calories. This is not surprising since the book is about gaining weight and strength.
2. It's stated that most people can do this program three times a week; i.e., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Actually relatively few people can lift such heavy weight and recover that quickly. Most people on this program will need two to three days off between workouts to make gains on this program. Older individuals will need even more time. This is especially true for the "hard gainers" who are likely to be interested in this program.Read more ›
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Used this in high school and packed on 20+ lbs of muscle in about 2 months. There might be newer/better methods now, but that doesn't mean the old stuff doesn't work.Published 3 months ago by J. Wan
Great program for building total body strength. I only do the squats once a week as part of my ultra-abbreviated workouts and the results are amazing!Published 7 months ago by Jason
Early 1990's I followed the program and put on 35 pounds of muscle - went from 195 to 230. Squats increased to 20 reps of 405, and all other lifts benefitted - huge strength... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Soledad