Mike Chang’s training partner squats 405 lbs for 8 reps. Or, does he?

Okay. So, let’s get one thing straight. Squatting 405 pounds for ANY number of reps – even just one – is quite a feat of strength for anyone. Most people will never achieve this level in their squat – regardless of their bodyweight – but many people could with the right training. That said, there are many internet fitness warriors out there who like to brag about their killer strength and high squat numbers. For example…

Video Title: INSANE 405 lb. squat for 8 reps!

I’m sure I’m not the first person to point this out, but that was 8 partial rep squats, also known as quarter squats. So, they’re not actually squats at all. That level of depth wouldn’t even come close to qualifying in a powerlifting competition. And with that technique, he might be laughed out of the competition meet. Which leads me to my next point.

That performance was a joke. Or, at least, I hope it was. Because if it were me doing those squats, I’d wish that video would never be published online. I’d be embarrassed. Seriously. I’m not even going to get into the details on how atrocious that performance was. And if you’re wondering what was wrong with it, then let’s just say you should NOT be squatting anytime soon. Mmkay?

And it all seriousness, that video should not have even been uploaded in the first place. But the fact that it’s been online for a couple of years on a popular fitness trainers Youtube channel, and STILL has not been taken down is a bad sign of the quality control at Mike Chang Fitness LLC. It’s irresponsible to post a video like that. But as I mentioned in my Six Pack Shortcuts Review, Mike Chang is not afraid to walk the line.

Now, for those who ARE interested in performing their squats with good technique, you can learn about how to increase your squat depth from this video:

And you can check out a max effort squat performance, in which all reps are performed through a full range of motion – thank you very much – by yours truly in this video:

Now, repeat after me, “you do not NEED to squat heavy in order to get strong legs.” Yes, the barbell squat is a superb exercise for building leg – and total body – strength and muscle, but there’s more than one way to skin a cat – and there are many ways to increase leg strength and size. Whatever method you choose, please make sure you can employ it safely.

Carry on.

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  1. Those partial squats are actually great for bodybuilding. Not everyone trains for powerlifting or other weight lifting squats that require you to go atg.. I do squats to parallel are just above to isolate my quads and my thighs are 28in . I have a separate day for hamstrings.

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