Bigger lower body to get bigger upper body?????

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    Bigger lower body to get bigger upper body?????


    I heard like doing squats and lifting legs give your upper body more overall mass. I was just wondering if this had and truth to it or what the deal was.... thanks..

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    The truth is that the bigger compound movements such as squats, deadlifts, clean and Jerk, Snatch etc. involve a greater overall involvement of muscle groups (hence the term 'compound' exercise), placing a greater stress on the body during training (Kraemer, 2005).

    It's through this stress that the greatest secretion of anabolic hormones such as growth hormone are promoted, therefore leading to an overall greater increase in muscle mass for all muscle groups.

    So in a sense it is true that you can 'squat for big arms'
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    alright... thanks UKStrength...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lift or die View Post
    I heard like doing squats and lifting legs give your upper body more overall mass. I was just wondering if this had and truth to it or what the deal was.... thanks..
    It is true.

    Squats and deadlifts cause the body to release testosterone and growth hormone in the body, the testosterone is released and put into the blood stream and travels via the WHOLE entire body, blood doesn't just run through the lower body it's a continuos liquid that goes through your whole body.

    Squats and deadlifts also provide a better stabilization of the bigger compounds, for example do you think a person with a stronger or lower back will have a better stabilization during a standing overhead press? Absolutely. When your press gets stronger, so does the ability to "push", as well as your anterior deltoids, chest and core. When those muscle groups gets stronger, so does your bench press, dips and other movements in which utilization of those muscle groups get stronger.

    Lower body development can actually be the key to breaking plateaus towards the upper body, the testosterone produced by the exercises above is significant.
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    I read about that too. Its the natural test booster.
    allthewhey sent this about it: http://www.testosteronetips.com/afp/...allthewhey.pdf
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