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    Ben's Max Squat

    I've read it was 2 sets of 6 with 600 lbs past parallel.

    My question is, Is there any reason for me to squat with lower reps than this? I could be wrong, but I'd guess its safer to use 6 reps than it is to use 2 with more weight.

    So if Ben never squated with lower reps than six, why should I?

    If it matters I'm 17 years old, 195 lbs, play lacrosse, and have a weak squat.

    Thanks for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by vision1
    I've read it was 2 sets of 6 with 600 lbs past parallel.

    My question is, Is there any reason for me to squat with lower reps than this? I could be wrong, but I'd guess its safer to use 6 reps than it is to use 2 with more weight.

    So if Ben never squated with lower reps than six, why should I?

    If it matters I'm 17 years old, 195 lbs, play lacrosse, and have a weak squat.

    Thanks for the help

    design a program for yourself, ben is a totally diff athlete then you

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    Quote Originally Posted by utfootball4
    design a program for yourself, ben is a totally diff athlete then you
    I know he is a different athlete, but if he could get that fast without ever using reps below 6, is there a reason I should need to? It just seems like a safer alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vision1
    I know he is a different athlete, but if he could get that fast without ever using reps below 6, is there a reason I should need to? It just seems like a safer alternative.
    he did do lower reps the 2x6 was done after he his max strength levels were high.. stop avoiding hard work - lift the weights.

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    You have to remeber that Ben was squatting that much in his prime, so he had done all of the base work and worked up to that. You may have done a little base work but still need to work up to it. Its the same reason why elite sprinters need shorter gpp and beginners need longer gpp.

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    Maximal strength is a very important factor in strength training. So doing sets of 1-5 reps are needed to help build maximal strength and get stronger ultimately.

    So don't try to avoid it, if you have a power rack at your gym, use it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by utfootball4
    stop avoiding hard work - lift the weights.
    I love this!! You, my man, are on your way!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vision1
    ...but if he could get that fast without ever using reps below 6...

    Who says he NEVER used reps lower than 6?

    If you're form is solid, there isn't really any "safer" rep range. More strength at lower reps. My squats usually range between 3-5.

    PR 315x3. Working on going lower today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkillaStaz
    Who says he NEVER used reps lower than 6?

    If you're form is solid, there isn't really any "safer" rep range. More strength at lower reps. My squats usually range between 3-5.

    PR 315x3. Working on going lower today.
    He just never worked heavier than his 6rm

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    i think it depends on what you're comfortable with and your level of strength. ben was a sprinter, sprinting came first, strength second, so it was in their opinion that loads beyond a 6RM were unsafe. As well you have to take into account the CNS implications of doing near 2RM versus near 6RM. Loading up heavy for 6 reps is fine to build strength, throwing in heavy sets of three in the third or fourth week to test out strength is not a bad idea either.

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