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525 Squat = All I Ever Wanted

525 lb Squat

All I Ever Wanted

Hi, my name is Ryan Mathias and all I ever wanted was to Squat 525 pounds RAW. Now, to many people that may seem mediocre since many people can squat 500+ pounds. But to me, it wasn’t easy, and there’s a reason 525 means so much to me. This is why…

My 525 Story

I officially started weight training as a 16-year-old Junior in high school for one of my P.E. classes. And my favorite exercise was the squat. I loved it so much that it was basically all I did during our short 50-minute classes 4 days per week. 

As you can imagine, I progressed rapidly as a beginner that only squatted. So, after about 2 months I attempted my first max squat, and I got a pretty easy 355 lbs! Pretty great for a 180 lb kid with no guidance or help (the “coach” in there didn’t care what you did. As long as you didn’t run off or get hurt, he didn’t pay any attention to you.)!

Well, a short while later I was repping 315 for 4×10 and able to do 405 lbs. And that is when I had an idea…

The Record Board

Like every high school, we had a football team (coached by the weight training “teacher”). And in the weight room, they had a record board that recorded all the best lifts of the football players for that year. 

At the top of the record board, there were all-time school records for Squat, Bench Press, and Power Clean (should have been deadlift, I know). The records at the time (2009) were 505 Squat, 355 Bench Press, and 330 Power Clean (set by my older brother Tanner, that year!)

Well, the best squat for the current football players was only 315 lbs. Something that I could easily do! So, in the hopes of getting some recognition by my peers, I asked the coach if he would put my name on the board, as he just watched my squat 405 in front of him. 

Of course, he said, “No! That board is for players only!” 

Obviously, I was bothered by this. But it also truly infuriated me, because of the way he said it. His tone was like I didn’t deserve any recognition for my work. I was so upset that I went right to the squat rack and did 405×2. 

He didn’t say anything, of course.

My Goal

Well, I knew he was not going to put me on the board by choice. So I decided that I was going to break the school squat record so that he would be forced into putting my name on the record board! But I didn’t just want to break it by a few pounds. I wanted to annihilate it!

So I decided that 525 lbs was the goal!

I trained harder than before and was pushing for as much progress as I could! But, unfortunately, that lead to injury.

Again, I had no help with proper technique or rest and recovery. All I knew was that I needed to squat low and squat often. So I did, and my hips were not happy about it.

In fact, I did so many things wrong that I still have to fight the bad habits I grew over my first few years of lifting. 

Well, long story short, the most I ever squatted in high school was 435×2 with a belt and spotter assistance. 

Slow Progress

The next few years were waves of progress and regression. I would build a lot of strength, then get injured. Learn from it, and progress again. Over and over again. Always learning and growing.

All I can say is that I wish I found a website like this one back in those days to help me along!

I even broke my back in 2012 (unrelated to weight training) in which I was told to lay in bed for 5 weeks and never lift heavy again. That didn’t happen, but I did learn a lot from it!

My 525 lb Squat Redemption

Well, after all these years of learning through both education and experience, I have healed my body, corrected my mistakes and become ready for my redemption!

And here it is! My first, but not last, ever 525 lb squat!

What I am most proud of is my journey getting here. It was a long hard road, but I accomplished it on my own terms. I don’t take supplements or drugs and only use minimal support (my knee sleeves are there for looks, not so much support. They are too big and torn out on both sides so they slide down my legs as I walk.). I learned from my mistakes and only grew stronger from them. 

Thank you to everyone that has supported me along the way. Thank you to my dad for recording this life-changing event. And to me…

“Yo, Ryan…we did it!”

If you want to learn how to do it too, get my 12-Week Squat Program which I used to accomplish this feat of strength!

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What’s Next

Now, of course, I am not stopping all lifting and moving onto other things. I will always be a powerlifter because I love the sport. I will continue to get stronger in all my lifts, but I am proud to have accomplished my main goal after only a mere 10 years!

Other Strength Goals:

Squat = ???

Bench Press = 405×3

Deadlift = 650

The New Golden Rule

The New Golden Rule

The Golden Rule has been held in high reguard for a very long time. Almost every religion and culture has their own variation to the principle. However, many seem to forget one very important thing…we do not all wish to be treated the same. So, in these Words Of Wisdom we will teach you the New Golden Rule and how you can help others thrive through individual interaction.

The Old Golden Rule

“Treat others as you wish to be treated.”

There are many different versions of the “Golden Rule”, but this is the simple version most people know it as today.

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What does the Golden Rule Mean?

First, the main principle behind the “Golden Rule” is to be kind to others (which we should all do). However, as we know, everyone is different and everyday our emotions change. Sometimes we need some extra support, kindness, freedom, a pep talk, or just a little love. 

So, by using the word “you” in the Golden Rule, it gives people the wrong impression that everyone wishes to be treated the same. And this is just not true. Though it is always appropriate to start each interaction by being respectful of other’s feelings, not everyone likes to be treated the same as you do.

Think of the people around you. Are they all the same as you? Do they have your personality? Probably not. It’s likely they are all different.

So, if you truly want to do good and help others, sometimes we need to give more than just standard kindness to different people. Sometimes they need to be lifted up or helped to move forward. While at other times they may need to be brought back to reality with some hard truth.

The New Golden Rule

It is aways better to treat others with the New Golden Rule.

“Treat others as they wish to be treated.”

Of course we cannot read minds and don’t immediately know what other’s want. Plus, you should never assume the emotions of others, and we do not owe anyone anything more than to be kind and respectful. However, those that want to help others, need to go above and beyond treating everyone the same all the time.

What You Can Do

First, all we have to do is pay a little attention to how people interact around us, in order to see what we can do to truly help them. After some practice you can learn pretty quickly who needs some space and who needs some help. All you have to do is PAY ATTENTION!

However, the best way to learn what others want from you, is to ask. You can learn a lot from simply just asking. 

These days, many people forget to, or just avoid, asking people what they want. Yet, that is the best way to learn how you can best interact with others.

So many people look to avoid conflict or just let things stay the same because they are afraid of asking about simple things. It’s not that hard, and it can really help change whatever problems there may be. So just ask!

Help Others Thrive

So, from now on, when you interact with others around you, think of their personality and how they may want to be treated. Do they need some support, kindness, freedom, a pep talk, or a little love? Do they need more than just the Golden Rule?

Whatever it may be, give them what they need to thrive, rather than assuming that they are the same as you, or others around them. Let others be individuals and be respectful of their way of life.

Treat others respectfully, and as they wish to be treated.

Plus, when you give people more than they are expecting, then they will want to do the same for you, and others, in return. They will be motivated to present you with more, and help raise you up too. You will then become a team, building each other up as you push forward in life, creating success.

Lift others up, and they will return the favor!

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Take Responsibility for Your Actions and Life

How To Take Responsibility for your Actions and Life

Learning how to take responsibility for your actions can change your life. If you don’t like what you have, then use it as motivation to create a better life for yourself! Unfortunately, too many people avoid taking responsibility for their actions and failures because they feel it shows weakness. However, failure does not show weakness; a lack of responsibility does.

Failure proves that you were willing to step up and take the risk. While avoiding responsibility proves that you are weak enough to blame others. So, take responsibility for your actions. Take responsibility for your decisions. And take responsibility for your life. Don’t blame others for the position you are in. You create your own life, and if you don’t like the life you have, make a new one!

Make a life that you are proud to take responsibility for!

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Be Equally Responsible for your Successes AND Failures

You are going to fail, and you are going to succeed. If you are unwilling to take responsibility for your failures, then you cannot accept responsibility for your successes either.

We see this too often in team sports. Many individual players put the blame on others for losses while they take full responsibility for the team’s successes. However, if one person is so influential for a win, then they are also just as responsible for a loss.

True leaders take responsibility not only for themselves but also for those they lead. If they lead others to failure, then they take responsibility. If they lead others to greater success, then they take some responsibility as well. So, to be a successful leader, team, or individual you must take responsibility for everything that occurs, good or bad. 

Whether directly or indirectly, our influence has an effect on everything we interact with. Will your influence be one of blaming others and putting failures on others, or will you take responsibility and lead a path to success?

Learn To Be Responsible for Everything

Remember, it is ok to fail. Just take responsibility and learn from it. Be responsible for the changes you make to succeed. Be responsible for the things you do every day to create a better life for yourself, and others. And be responsible for a life of success and for creating a path for others to follow. Be responsible for changing the world!

The responsibility you take on for yourself and those around you should motivate you to push forward. You should want to be better for your spouse, for your kids, and for everyone that will come after them. It should motivate you to fight for your success and know that you cannot fail.

So, let the responsibility you hold on to motivate your dreams and give you the strength to fight harder! Be motivated to create a legacy that you are responsible for!

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Mutual Respect Others

No matter who you are, what you have done, or where you have come from, we all deserve a base level of mutual respect. Greater recognition is earned, and it can always be lost, but at first sight, we are all equals. Never think of yourself so highly that you don’t give recognition to others that they deserve. Be humble enough to value others and help them grow. Then you will earn their respect in return, and show self-respect for yourself.

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This is an excerpt from my Book “Motivated Mindset“. 

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No matter what you have accomplished, we are all equals.

Respect has been fading in recent times as many people focus on the negative actions of others, rather than the good that has come from them. Yes, we all make mistakes and have our own agendas, but as long as we are living we are all valuable. We all have something to offer others, and we can all help to change the world. 

Self-Respect Yourself

We need to bring back respect towards others and learn to have a greater appreciation for ourselves. And it all starts with YOU!

We are often too hard on ourselves for mistakes we have made, and even blame ourselves for things that are out of our control. Forget the negativity of the past, and work towards creating a brighter future. A future where you respect yourself enough, to respect others. 

So, value how you conduct yourself every day in order to create a life that you want. How you present yourself to others can change how they behave towards you. If you are respectful, people will follow and help you. If you are not, few people will be on your side.

Remember, being respectful is a choice, and a choice we all need to make.

Respect for ourselves, for others, for authority, and for life around you. You do not have to agree with others, but we should respect their decisions and choices.

Start by giving others the same respect you would want if you were in their position. Just remember, things are never as easy or as simple as they may look. Give value to others, and you will receive it back.

How To Earn Respect and Recognition

If you want the respect of others that do not give it, you are going to have to earn it. Earn it through respecting others as you wish to be. Earn it by pushing yourself to be better, and making yourself stand out as a valuable asset.

Fighting fire with fire will only make things burn. You must be the cool water that puts out the fires and quenches the thirst of others, for something new. Be respectable, and become respected.

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Think For Yourself and Be A Self-Starter To Your Dreams

Think For Yourself

If you want to be successful, you must learn to think for yourself and be a self-starter.  No one is going to hand you your success. So you have to go out and take it. That means making your own decisions and creating your own path to success.

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Make Your Own Decisions

Too often these days I see so many people afraid of making a decision, because they feel once one decision is made, that the other option is lost. This is not true.

By making a decision you begin to learn what it is that you really want. If you made the wrong decision, then you will have learned from it and are better informed to make the decision again, the next time around. And yes there is always another opportunity.

You can’t just expect the answers to come to you, or to be made by others. If you do, then you will learn nothing. Every mistake is just a learning opportunity for you to grow from. So be confident in yourself and make a decision, even if that decision is “wrong” in the eyes of others. It is your decision to make, so make it yourself and stick to it.

Be A Self-Starter

Be a self-starter to your dreams! Part of thinking for yourself is being a self-starter!

You shouldn’t have to be told how to do everything in life. If you want something to happen, then you have to make it happen.

So many of us procrastinate and hold ourselves back because of it. If we would just get things done ahead of time, then we could push on to other things and start creating a life of success.

If something needs to get done, then just DO IT! Don’t wait to be asked or invited. Start it yourself.

Everything from taking out the trash, to making major life decisions is placed on the shoulders of the one who first takes notice. So keep your eyes open, think ahead, and do whatever needs to be done first.

Start before you need to start and keep pushing along your Journey to Greatness!

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