My Secret to Gaining 150 lbs on My Squat in Eight Workouts

19 Apr My Secret to Gaining 150 lbs on My Squat in Eight Workouts

Cameron1World record holding powerlifter and former D1 football player, Cameron Gillespie, chimes in with a guest post challenging you to become as strong as him.




My Secret to Gaining 150 lbs on My Squat in Eight Workouts


Instead of being called the “King of All Exercises,” I think it should be renamed “Most Dreaded Exercise of All Time.” I hated the concept – Squat Till You Drop at first but later found it to be one of the greatest tools I could use. This exercise routine is only for the toughest and only for the most iron willed individuals.

What Is It and How Do You Do It Correctly?

Squat Till’ You Drop is exactly as it sounds. You put a relatively heavy weight around 65% of your one rep squat max (below parallel) and you lift it for at least 20 reps. You say “ There’s no way I can do that,” I say grab someone who will force you to do it. Let’s face it – you’re so weak minded and lazy that there really is no way you could push your own self into doing 65% for over 20 reps.

Note from Jesse: I know I couldn’t.

Now, how do you do this correctly? I’ve done this so many times and I know when I want to go easy on it. I’ll either use a light weight and easily get to 20 reps without much pain or I will go so heavy that I only get half of the reps that I am supposed to do. I would say from seeing a hundred other guys do this workout, only 10% are tough enough to do it correctly. To do Squat Till You Drop right you have to have around 65% of your one rep max and you have to be able to push yourself over 20 reps.

Personal Experience

Yes, sometimes I can be a baby about it and not push myself to 20 reps and feel guilty and ashamed. You see, this workout is special, it is only one set and performed once per week. That is how I gained 150 lbs. on my squat in 8 workouts or 8 weeks. The worst part isn’t even the squat; it’s the anticipation of the squat. I would sit in class all week thinking about how awful it was going to be and I dreaded every minute up to the squat. The best part though is after I was done squatting. I wouldn’t be able to pick myself up off the ground, and I would be drenched in sweat- just from one measly set.

My trophy was my purple face. Walking around school (walking in general was near impossible for 5 days) I would display the broken capillaries in my face and around my chest. People probably thought I had a disease. I guess it is a little sick to do what I did. At the beginning of this routine, I could only squat 405 lbs.(I was 16 yrs old at the time), but two months later I could do that for 10 reps.

You’re Workout

Week 1

65% of your 1-rep squat max

Goal = 20+ reps

Week 2

Add 20 more pounds on the bar than you had last week

Goal = 20+ reps

Week 3

Add 20 more pounds on the bar than you had last week

Goal = 20+ reps

Week 4

Add 20 more pounds on the bar than you had last week

Goal= 20+ reps

Repeat the 4 week cycle


Use a belt because your core will be like a limp noodle and you will be shaking all over the place

Have someone spot you, someone much tougher than you who won’t let you quit because I can guarantee you will quit early.

Have the spotter help you up around the 12th rep and make sure you’re going below parallel.

The more people you have watching you and screaming in your face the better. You will feel like King Kong afterwards if you had a stoic performance.

If you’re going hard enough then you shouldn’t be able to get off the floor for at least 3 minutes.

Why You Won’t Even Try

You are scared, and I don’t blame you because you should be. You’re most likely not going to do this unless you have some sort of dire urgency. Hey, I know how it is to be lazy, but at least I can say I did this. Can you?


About the Author


Cameron Gillespie is a former Division 1 football player and current world record holder in the bench press & deadlift. Cameron is the son of Bill Gillespie, a renowned collegiate strength and condition coach and powerlifter. Both Cameron and Bill share world records in powerlifting and are currently the strongest father & son in the world.


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