I am really enjoying the partial rep front squats. I just started this exercise four months ago and am proud of the fact I can rest close to 300 lbs ontop of my clavicals in the rack position and it feels comfortable.
“I saw myself very clearly, and I was so convinced that if I started training up to five hours a day like a fanatic, believing, that one day I will get there. When people saw me working out five hours a day, smiling, having a great time they all thought this guy must be crazy but I couldn’t wait to lift another 500 pounds, I couldn’t wait to do another 100 chin ups, I couldn’t wait to do another 1,000 sit ups because every day, every step of the way, every weight I lifted was taking me one step closer to turning this vision into a reality.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
* I think I should move the pins up in height just to be safe. Today I had trouble with the last rep but managed to complete it. I just feel that if I drop this heavy of a weight from too great a height I could risk reinjuring my left shoulder which is almost healed.
** Failed on the 12th rep.
Apparently in our modern society it is ok to cheat with anabolic steroids but not ok to cheat on your exercise technique. I have been reprimanded in the gym numerous times by “exercise technique specialists” saying that I cheat too much.
Why do they give me grief about cheating?
It usually is because they are lazy and are afraid to work hard themselves. They go to the gym to look good and as a result they lift light weights that wouldn’t challenge my grandma.
Now that I am done my little rant let’s talk exercise science. Everyone knows that a compound movement is far superior to an isolation exercise if you want to gain size and strength.
Changing an isolation exercise into a cheating exercise can’t always be done by cheating with body momentum but it is a highly effective technique when employed properly.
For example let’s compare the strict biceps curl and the barbell cheat curl. A strict biceps curl is perhaps the ultimate measure of upper arm strength. There are powerlifters that have set countless records in the strict curl and have devoted several years of their lives training for this particular event.
The strict curl, although it is an excellent measure of strength, is seldom used to build the strength. If you want to get big you need to lift big. Turning the strict curl into a cheating exercise allows the use of supramaximal weights that overload the muscles instantaneously.
You can still definitely develop your biceps with the strict curl but don’t ever expect to lift monolithic weights without cheating. And without lifting huge bone crushing weights don’t expect to get big.
Take my advice as a natty and don’t be afraid to lift heavy weights by cheating. If you consistently force yourself to lift heavy you will get big.
What is a Natty?
There are a lot of athletes out there that claim to be natural and drug free. And they very well might be. However, there is a clear distinction between a real natty and athlete that is natural or drug free.
A natty is a natty for life. This means they have never used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
Muscles have memory. If you have stretched the boundaries of human performance your muscles can regain that strength back at an incredibly fast rate years after those results have been lost.
Natural bodybuilders are not natural. It only means the federation they belong to is subjected to random drug testing and most performance enhancing drugs can be out of your system with a quick 3 month detox.
Almost all natural bodybuilders use PEDs to build mass during the off season and remain natural only while they compete. As a result the word natty was coined by fitness fanatics to redefine what natural really means.
If you have used PEDs in the past please don’t call yourself a natty. You might currently be natural and drug free but you can never be a natty.
There is only one way to be a natty. Natty for life!
I set another new PR in the box squat today. This is the most I have done for 7 reps. I didn’t try to set a new PR in the regular front squat for 12 reps like I did the previous workout. I want to maximize my leg training but I also don’t want to impede back recovery as I am currently deadlifting heavy every second day.