Review of Cory Gregory's 'Squat Every Day'
11 variations, 30 days, April 6th-May 4th
Cory Gregory, founder of MusclePharm, created a program called “Squat Every Day” for bodybuilding.com in April. He has actually been squatting daily for nearly two years at this point. He created a program using 11 different squat variations with the goal being to bring max effort to your squats each day. I jumped in headfirst.
I completed 30 days of the program! A few days were tough, requiring that I get into the gym in a tiny window of time or in the morning before work. Mostly, what took me through was the commitment I made to post a daily video on Instagram. I wanted to just see what Cory was talking about. If it made a huge difference to work on my squat every single day.
At this point, I am a novice weightlifter - I started seriously in August 2014. I learned a few things about myself in a short span on this program. Here are a few of them:
Taking video of myself is massively helpful. Using different angles, I can see if my back is rounding, if my knees are tracking, and if I’m getting low enough before driving upwards. Having 30 squat sessions crammed together made a few novice flaws glaringly obvious.
Mobility is something I lacked during the program, but I did see some improvements. It’s always very important to work on mobility. Strength won’t matter if you’re hurting yourself in the process.
The body will adapt to new strains. I had days where I thought my squat would be awful. I was able to loosen up enough and at least get under the barbell.
As a result of all this learning in such a short time frame, my back squat went up by 20# in a month. My front squat positioning improved, which narrowed the gap between my front and back squat maxes. I’m now more confident about mobility, being able to fight through heavy weight, and my clean is more solid. If you want to challenge yourself, Squat Every Day for at least an entire month. Don’t forget to take video!
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