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The Daily Squat Challenge, 9 days Deep

Posted Aug 01 2011 12:00am

Saturday, August 20th, 2011. A day that will live in infamy for at least two weeks in the Donahue house hold. I was returning home from another glorious day of squatting and strongman practice when my socialite of a younger cousin invited me to a friendly BBQ.

Fast forward 12 hours later. I had killed a 26'er of vodka, been to two parties, hit up three different bars, had a massive laceration on my right arm, and couldn't find anybody I knew.

Time to call it a night. If only I knew how to get home...

The rest of Saturday night and Sunday morning involved getting to know my toilet as well as I knew it in glory days of high school.

Needless to say Sunday was not very productive for me. Despite my best efforts I was not even able to muster the testicular fortitude to bang out one set of kettlebell rack squats. Going to the gym was totally out of the question, as was standing or eating.

So my consecutive daily squat total ended at day 17.

I am not impressed with that record at all but it is now the new number to beat! Oh, plus I am "never drinking again."

So with that in mind I dragged my still somehow hungover body to the gym on Monday. This is what it feels like to be in your early 30's and think you are in your early 20's. Two day hang overs and three days of fatigue and regret.

As you may have guessed, Monday's workout was absolutely pathetic:
  • Safety Squat Bar Low Box Squats
    • worked up to a "max" that is 50lbs shy of my best ever
  • Kettlebell Swings
    • 2 x 50 reps
  • That was litterally all I could do, pathetic....

Tuesday's workout was a little more promising:
  • Front Squat, ass to grass
    • worked up to 350lbs x 1 which is a personal best
      • where that came from I have no idea but all this squatting is really helping my historically weak front squat
  • Military Press
    • worked up to a strict single with 205lbs
    • 185 x 3 x 5
    • 136 x 8
  • That was it as I ran out of time. Short but actually pretty sweet.
So now that I am sober again I have 2 consecutive squat workouts in and only 16 more to go to beat the old record.

If you are considering the Daily Squat Challenge I recommend it. Your form, strength and mental toughness will improve. Just don't drink and squat, trust me.

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