For years of strength training and bodybuilding, I did it wrong. You do too. Probably. Here’s why:
I always worked out hard. I squatted until I puked. I fainted doing overhead presses with 200 pounds above my head. I deadlifted to the point my hands bled.
But I discovered something:
The old Bulgarian Weightlifting team and their coach, Ivan Abadjiev.
They were the best weightlifters in the world and had a very special training philosophy. They worked out every day, all day. And they did the same exercises every time. They squatted heavy 7 days a week.
Here’s an interesting documentary about them.
I recommend you give it a watch:
I decided to emulate it. There was no time to work out all day, but I had to squat every day at least. To try it out.
For a couple of months I did so and every week I added more and more weight to the bar. It worked like a charm. But I had to discover some secrets that the bodybuilding media, or pretty much anyone, is never going to tell you.
1: You can lift heavy every day without overtraining
Overtraining is a fake idea and no real threat to 99.99% of people who work out. It’s never going to happen to you. Unless you’re an elite athlete who works out two times a day, performs at the human maximum and does so for years.
What normal people consider overtraining is a lack of recovery and stupid philosophy.
When your body’s sore and your head foggy it doesn’t mean you were a hardcore boy and worked out too hard. You do it wrong.just didn’t get enough rest and the food your body needed to recover.
Sleep more. Relax more. Eat more and take your minerals.
2: You need to relax
An eye-opening thing I learned when squatting every day, was that you need to relax more in general. Here’s the deal:
Today’s society is infected with a need for constant stimulation. People crave social media dopamine hits. People crave colorful video games with lots of bangs. People crave that hardcore porn that turns them into literal cucks.
We’re hooked to intensity. And as time goes on, we get desensitized. We need stronger stimulation for the same effect to take place in our minds.
We need more time on social media. More likes. We need more games with more colors and more action. Harder porn with bigger tits and more people in the same bed.
The same applies to the gym.
How many gym-bros take pre-workout supplements? Those lemonade-tasting blends of caffeines that are meant to improve your performance.
A lot of bros.
How many are addicted to a Monster energy drink before every workout?
A lot. I was too.
How many need to huff and puff like the big, bad wolf before a set of squats?
Not as many, but quite a few hardcore trainers.
How many need to scream and grunt when doing that last repetition?
Quite a few.
Because we need that stimulation to perform at our best. That’s what we think.
But what I found when squatting every day, is that you can’t do it on that routine. You can’t max out 100% every day. And because it getting so stimulated drains your nervous system and your brain of energy.
To thrive with a squat-everyday-routine, you need to get into the gym as relaxed as possible. And lift as heavy you can — with as straight of a face as possible.
No coffee-mania. No energy drinks, PWOs, lines of coke or huffing and puffing. No screaming or ripping your shirt up.
Get in the groove. Lift. Get out.
When I did this, something became clear. Even though I lifted the same weights… even though my training volume was the same or even higher… I felt fresher.
My strength was less depleted. My mind was clearer. My energy was higher.
What a feeling!
Even though years have passed since the experiment, I still stay calm in the gym. I don’t get hyped up. I focus on my breath. On my muscles contracting. On the weights I hold in my hands.
When I max out — I meditate a few minutes before. And I focus on my breath. Then I just lift the weight. Silently. No problem.
And you know what? I managed to perform other exercises hard. Every day. For months. Without overtraining or brain fog. Why? Because I use that simple trick.
Don’t walk around the gym with constantly elevated levels of stress hormone.
Keep your cool.