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Bjorn Blomquist: Squatting Deep and Asking Questions

Björn found the world of bodybuilding when trying to gain some size. Like most of us, He soon got hooked on training to grow and now years later is getting ready for his first bodybuilding show. Looking at Björn, you can tell he trains hard and does not miss one day in the gym. Using an old school training style, Björn has put on the mass needed to take over the stage.

How old are you, where are you from, and do you squat ass to grass?
I’m 28 years old. I live in Sweden. I do not squat very often, and depth depends on what I focus on. But if my focus is strength and ass, I squat all the way down to the floor.

What areas of weight training do you train?
I do train bodybuilding, for muscle growth and aesthetics. I don’t know what my best squat weight is since I never squat heavy. When you are bodybuilding, it’s not how much weight you move, but HOW you move the weight.

Where do you train? Do you have a lifting team or partner?
I train at a couple of gyms. right now my wife and I have just moved to a new city and are currently looking for our new “home”. So we are basically training at every gym in town now until we find what we are looking for. I do train by myself or with my wife most of the time. So no team to lift with. It’s my own battle, but sure, friends join us at the gym pretty often.

How did you into bodybuilding?
I started working at a gym when I was 17. Teaching body pump. And well, the more muscular people I got to meet and talk to, the more I felt that I wanted to be a bodybuilder too. So inspiration from other gym members.

What does a normal leg day workout look like for you?
Oh, there is no such thing as a normal leg day workout for me. But here is my latest workout done yesterday:

  • Front squats 8×8
  • Leg press 5×8
  • Lying leg curl 5×8
  • Seated leg extensions 5×8

Nothing fancy, just basic movements with 100% heart and will in every single repetition.


So what’s next for you? Any goals you have to hit? (short and long term)?
Well, short term goal is a role as a gladiator (a human obstacle) in an obstacle race here in Stockholm. Longer term, who knows, I may step on the stage this year to compete in bodybuilding, if I feel that the shape is where I want it to be. Also, I just signed a new sponsor so I will be working close with them and my own clients, helping them towards their goals.

What do your non-lifter friends think about what you do?
I have many friends Who accept what I do even if they don’t share my passion. So from my friends I get nothing but support, the negative stuff comes from people that don’t know me.

Do you have any pre-contest rituals for the week before a bodybuilding show?
Since I haven’t done any bodybuilding shows yet, I can’t say that I have any pre-Contest rituals. But I’m doing my first show in 10 weeks so I might have to get back to you on that one.

Anything you would like to tell the younger lifters? and/or anything else you would like to add?
The single most important thing I would tell any Young lifter, bodybuilder or anyone just aiming to build muscles would be to remember that it’s a Marathon, not a sprint. Building your body takes time, we’re talking years. So spend time learning proper form, lifting with correct technique will save you from injuries and let you keep progressing towards your goals.

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Founder of Fight Against Chicken Legs, part-time workout stuff, sometimes making websites look pretty, and saving the world #OneRepAtATime