By Any Means Necessary

Kai Green's mash-and-smash leg training.


Squats have helped Greene build one of the largest pairs of thighs in the IFBB. Greene changes up his foot placement from workout to workout. Often you’ll see him with his legs shoulder-width apart, toes pointed out to hit his thigh sweep. The bar rests high on his shoulders. Greene carries so much mass it looks like his thighs are cushioning his torso as he lowers into the squat. At the top of the movement he visibly flexes his glutes and hams. Greene will sometimes incorporate the Weider Rest-Pause Principle to eke out extra intensity. Greene always squats to at least parallel; he’ll go even lower when he’s targeting his hams and glutes. Sometimes he wraps his knees, other times he doesn’t.


People don’t always appreciate how strong Greene is, in part because he doesn’t make a big deal of it himself. He was given early nicknames—Bob Fuchs christened him Baby Bertil (aſter Bertil Fox, one of the strongest and most densely muscled IFBB pros of the ’70s and early ’80s); Steve Weinberger tagged him Baby Moose—speaking not just to his size but his strength. You can find videos online of Greene squatting six plates for reps, incline pressing five plates, and repping four plates on the seated military press.

When Greene was younger, he thought moving a lot of weight was the most important thing. As he got more years under his belt, he came to understand what kind of injuries waited around the corner when the envelope was pushed poundage-wise. At the same time, he developed and refined a strong mind-muscle link that allows him to use what might have once been “light” weights (still heavy to the rest of us) to get the feel he is aſter in the muscle trained. “The weights you’re using are an important indicator,” Greene explains, “but what are they indicative of? Progress. That said, you’ve got to remember that no one continues getting stronger indefinitely. Eventually injuries will occur. There are other ways of increasing the intensity without constantly increasing the weight.”


Again, depending on the feeling he is going for, Greene will place his feet higher or lower on the platform. His foot spacing also depends on the part of the thighs he wishes to stimulate or the machine he’s using. Invariably, he squats deep and wants to feel like “my quads are jumping of the bone.” With all his quad exercises, Greene’s aim is to pump as much blood into his thighs as he can; he pictures them as “bags of blood waiting to burst.”

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