While programming, @e.karagiozov and I were discussing how to best tackle strength/power endurance and thought it would be interesting to try single reps of maximal intention squats with @gymaware velocity based training with a cutoff velocity. That same day I saw a post by @strong_by_science about the same concept with the velocities of 0.6-0.7m/s. We chose slightly faster velocities of 0.7-0.8m/s with a rep done every minute, cut off after 2 reps were missed. A few things I learned after completing this.
1) This type of training is more mentally exhausting than physically. Having to get amped up for every set was difficult. Very difficult 2) Music makes a massive difference. When you get tired, a simple change in song can give you velocities similar to when you started out.
3) Eating in between sets was mandatory around set 60.
4) It's hard to go to the bathroom and back within 60s.
5) My upper back feels like someone took a cheese grater to it.
6) I noticed I would pay significantly more attention to my technique as I got tired which would usually slow me down in the descent. It was important to find a happy balance between effort and attention to technique in order to have results while also not getting hurt.
7) I'm starving again.
8) I would recommend going heavier and using a slower velocity to really focus on higher absolute wattage outputs and not squat for over 90 minutes with such a large total volume. Possibly consider doubles or shorter rest periods if using this velocity range. I'll always practice concepts and techniques on myself before I ask an athlete to do it. On that note, don't worry athletes, you won't have to do this exact workout. #strengthandconditioning #VBT #sqwaats #timetoeat #102reps