This morning was day 42 of squatting everyday, last time I checked in I had been at it for 14 days. Between then and now I endured and conquered what the Bulgarians call “The Dark Times” of this type of programming. Those first few weeks of daily intense training is something my body wasn’t accustom to. My knees were sore, my back was tight and the pain in my left quad was so bad I couldn’t climb stairs without the assistance of a handrail. You may be reading this thinking how stupid I was, ” Greg, you are clearly asking for an overuse injury”. Before I researched squatting everyday, and the methods of the Bulgarian weightlifting team I would have completely agreed. During “My Dark Days” I constantly doubted myself, the system, and my abilities. Waking up everyday at 3:55am feeling like I got hit by a truck and not knowing how I was going to squat that morning forced me to dig deeper mentally and physically than I have ever had to dig before. These three statements to myself is what got me through it.
- “Just get dressed and go to the gym.”
- “Jump on the bike and do a quick warm up, I will see how I feel then”
- “Get under the bar and do some warm-up sets.”
- You are capable of far more than you know, your body often lies to you.
- This programing isn’t for everyone, especially in-season athletes.
- Have you tried it, then how do you know?