Over the last few years, the popularity of everyday squat sessions has increased tremendously thanks to the weightlifting coach John Broz who promotes the so-called Bulgarian training method. However, is squatting every day a good idea when you are an amateur? It doesn’t look like it.
1.Squatting every day is expensive and time-consuming
Unless you have the required equipment at home, you will lose a lot of time and money going to the gym every day.
2.Too much pain
Squatting every day could be a nightmare for your joints. If you are squatting meaningful weights, the stress on the hips, knees and lower back from daily heavy sets is high. Unless you are on steroids and have enough time to rest, squatting every day could easily result in an overuse injury.
3.It’s not made for naturals.
The inventor of the Bulgarian training method is Ivan Abadjiev. His athletes had great results, but they were lifting 24/7 and many were injured. Stefan Botev, former weightlifting champion, said in one of his interviews that some of his colleagues experienced career-ending injuries.
According to him, it was not uncommon to train until 1 a.m. in the morning and sleep just a few hours. How do you survive something like that? By having mutant genetics and taking drugs.
4.It’s not needed for progress.
The popular powerlifter Ed Coan squatted heavy only once a week.That did not prevent him from breaking world records. Even with such a schedule, he needed a hip replacement surgery later in his life.
Bottom line: Regular folks can progress just fine with 1-3 squat sessions a week. Anything beyond that is of questionable value because the return on your investment diminishes significantly with each extra workout.