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To Squat or Not To Squat?
15 Jul 2006

Question: Hey, Hawk…I saw you working out and your thighs and hams are totally awesome. I do leg extensions, leg presses and leg curls for about 3 sets each but my thighs are lagging behind. I hear that squats are the thing for getting big legs but they’re a lot of work. Do you do squats and if so do you like high reps with a lighter weight or low reps with a heavy weight?

Answer: I agree that squats are a lot of work – and that’s why they WORK!  When it comes to leg training, squats are a must!

As far as heavy weights and low reps or lighter weights and higher reps, I do different workouts on different days, depending on how I feel. Some workouts that feeling of power is there and I’ll pyramid up in weight while cutting reps, maybe going as low as 5 reps. Other workouts I don’t feel quite as strong so I’ll keep the reps higher and concentrate more on getting a super pump. Most of the time, though, I do higher reps and heavy weight – I’ve gone up to 500 pounds for 12 to 15 reps. So I guess you can say I like high reps AND heavy weight.


The Key is doing what it takes. If you want to be an average bodybuilder, you do what an average bodybuilder does. Do 3 or so sets and don’t push to the limit. If you want to be a champion, you do what it takes to be a champion – push it to the max. To me a set doesn’t even start until you feel the burn, and I’ll sometimes go up to 10 sets on a single exercise.

Bottom Line: If you want big, powerful legs, don’t neglect squats.




Rev. Charles Hawkins

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