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    Squats or Deads


    Which do you prefer and why?

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    Deads. My squats are limited by shoulder injuries and are uncomfortable. I get by using a multitude of squat techniques to try and make up for it. Lately I've only been squating up to 225-275 depending on how I feel then switch to front box squats and work up to 275-315(again weight is dictated by shoulder condition that day). Leg day is frustrating but everyone has their shlt I suppose. I love doing deads and find them most gratifying. my shoulder injuries do limit me somewhat but I can still pull 405 which in the weightlifting world isn't a lot but in my world that's seen the inside of an ER more times in 8 years then most will see in two lifetimes , its very satisfying. I'm looking forward to pulling a 500lb dead one of these days. I just start doing deads from a deficit and incorporated some new posterior and lateral delt lifts to build up what ill need to advance without tearing my shoulders out again. Look twice for bikers god damnit!
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    both, a SQT isnt a DL and a DL isnt a SQT. do both a grow
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    If you remove squats please try legpress or hack squat. If you remove deads please do some back extensions/lower back work.

    Do what works for you
    I do sumo deads and do box,regular squats and hack squats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeg313 View Post
    Deads. My squats are limited by shoulder injuries and are uncomfortable. I get by using a multitude of squat techniques to try and make up for it. Lately I've only been squating up to 225-275 depending on how I feel then switch to front box squats and work up to 275-315(again weight is dictated by shoulder condition that day). Leg day is frustrating but everyone has their shlt I suppose. I love doing deads and find them most gratifying. my shoulder injuries do limit me somewhat but I can still pull 405 which in the weightlifting world isn't a lot but in my world that's seen the inside of an ER more times in 8 years then most will see in two lifetimes , its very satisfying. I'm looking forward to pulling a 500lb dead one of these days. I just start doing deads from a deficit and incorporated some new posterior and lateral delt lifts to build up what ill need to advance without tearing my shoulders out again. Look twice for bikers god damnit!
    I'm in the same boat. I'd recommend an SS Bar. Only way I cam squat now with my shoulders. I have heard decent things about Dave Drapers contraption. I think it's called a Top Squat. For squatting with bad shoulders.
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    Squats... more specifically the overhead or front squat variants because they require the greatest amount of skill.

    Also, when you get a bigger squat you get a bigger deadlift, the inverse isn't always true due to the deadlifts limited ROM.
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    Squats. I squat more than I pull-therefore I like them better.
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    They're 2 different animals, but I don't think that's the point of your question. If you don't have injuries and want to be strong you do both. DL put a lot of muscle on my back. I like squats but love DL, mainly cause I consistently hit better #s than squats. I have to be really recovered to make my squat #. My squat is very inconsistent - some weeks i can squat a similar weight for 10s when ive struggled for a tripple the week or two before. I can DL with a little fatigue in upper body and legs and still hit my #s. It would suck if you were limited and had to pick 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dds View Post
    both, a SQT isnt a DL and a DL isnt a SQT. do both a grow
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    Quote Originally Posted by edje007 View Post

    this^
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    Deadlift has always been my go to lift, but lately squats have been rewarding since it has been increasing. Doubt I will ever squat close to what I deadlift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk88 View Post
    Deadlift has always been my go to lift, but lately squats have been rewarding since it has been increasing. Doubt I will ever squat close to what I deadlift.
    u would be suprised
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    Never in my life would I pick either squats or dead lifts.
    It's like asking if we like women or ladies

    BOTH!! Just not on the same day, except for the W&L, but that hasn't happened in a long long time
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    If you are asking "preference" then pulling. But you gotta do both if you can, to reap the most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by threeFs
    Never in my life would I pick either squats or dead lifts.
    It's like asking if we like women or ladies

    BOTH!! Just not on the same day, except for the W&L, but that hasn't happened in a long long time
    For a little while I was actually doing S and D on the same day. Pretty brutal day especially since I don't like going light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk88 View Post

    For a little while I was actually doing S and D on the same day. Pretty brutal day especially since I don't like going light.
    I still do. I make it a lighter squat day, but find squats a good warmer for my legs prior to deads
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14

    I still do. I make it a lighter squat day, but find squats a good warmer for my legs prior to deads
    Well my change has been fairly recent. Started training with someone else and didn't feel like making the weight changes for deadlifts. Squats are 5 reps and deadlifts 3 reps.

    My limiting factor for deadlift seemed to be my grip. Which hasnt been an issue before. So I got some realish chalk.
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    My limiting factor is my low back... my grip is steel from choking btches lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by threeFs View Post
    My limiting factor is my low back... my grip is steel from choking btches lol
    My grip is steel too haha. Unfortunately my limiting factor is being weak from the floor. Once that btch is up a few inches I'm gtg
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    Quote Originally Posted by threeFs
    My limiting factor is my low back... my grip is steel from choking btches lol
    Haha well I shouldn't say my grip because that really isn't the issue. The bars are so cheap they roll without chalk. The past has proven I have a mean grip.
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    My grip feels good no matter what weight, my issue is keeping my ass down at higher weights. I PR'd today with a 450lb pull.
    My squats on the other hand....I don't wanna talk about it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk88 View Post
    For a little while I was actually doing S and D on the same day. Pretty brutal day especially since I don't like going light.
    I still do them both. If I deadlift heavy I do med squats and if I am working speed deads or something, then I squat pretty heavy first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBlack View Post

    I still do them both. If I deadlift heavy I do med squats and if I am working speed deads or something, then I squat pretty heavy first.
    You don't really "need" to deadlift, especially if you're in the PL game, let alone do it the same day as squats.

    If your squat goes up... alakazam... so does your deadlift. I've had some of my best overall gains doing a heavy set for 3 or 5 everyother week while squatting twice a week heavy. Why kill yourself doing both the same day when all you really need is one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PROness View Post
    You don't really "need" to deadlift, especially if you're in the PL game, let alone do it the same day as squats.

    If your squat goes up... alakazam... so does your deadlift. I've had some of my best overall gains doing a heavy set for 3 or 5 everyother week while squatting twice a week heavy. Why kill yourself doing both the same day when all you really need is one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PROness View Post
    You don't really "need" to deadlift, especially if you're in the PL game, let alone do it the same day as squats.

    If your squat goes up... alakazam... so does your deadlift. I've had some of my best overall gains doing a heavy set for 3 or 5 everyother week while squatting twice a week heavy. Why kill yourself doing both the same day when all you really need is one?
    It is not really true for me, as I have tried it and am built much more for pulling and can at times do it 2-3 times per week without getting beat up. Not true with squatting for me.
    I am also not from the Vince Anello school that you can raise the dead without deads.
    As far as killing myself, I notice being able to do it, (both) brings up my capacity and adaptation for lots of heavy work in one session, which has helped me too I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBlack View Post
    It is not really true for me, as I have tried it and am built much more for pulling and can at times do it 2-3 times per week without getting beat up. Not true with squatting for me.
    I am also not from the Vince Anello school that you can raise the dead without deads.
    As far as killing myself, I notice being able to do it, (both) brings up my capacity and adaptation for lots of heavy work in one session, which has helped me too I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBlack View Post

    It is not really true for me, as I have tried it and am built much more for pulling and can at times do it 2-3 times per week without getting beat up. Not true with squatting for me.
    I am also not from the Vince Anello school that you can raise the dead without deads.
    As far as killing myself, I notice being able to do it, (both) brings up my capacity and adaptation for lots of heavy work in one session, which has helped me too I believe.
    I feel bad for your joints but whatever works for you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swanson52 View Post

    Ummm...
    Maybe i could give you lessons sometime on how to squat and maybe your deadlift will go up if you're lucky. Haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by PROness View Post
    I feel bad for your joints but whatever works for you...
    Do you mean low back?, since I think knees take a rougher beating with heavy and or deeper squatting!? And the guys who are not deadlifting every week, are most likely doing some other posterior chain move ie: GM's, RDL's, pull thrus, maybe!? I know a few older guys able to still pull well, but not much on the squat. There again, I think it is what you are more built for.
    My low back seems fine at 50+ years old and yes I have had my twinges, but some of them came from squatting not pulling.
    Even if some of that work along with squats is speed work and or some accommodating and or less ROM rack pulls, I see it helping me pulling every week.
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    I also think the general consensus behind some of the deadlift every other week, (maybe some of the WSB stuff) is from more the apparent beating the CNS takes, from regular heavy pulling. But I am from the school, (and you have to see some of DH's vids) that the CNS can be trained to adapt, just like a lot of other body systems and parts.
    As you stated earlier, whatever works for you.
    Lastly, I love it so much, that I would rather DL than pick up lotto winnings, but I am a bit skewed, I will admit ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBlack View Post
    I also think the general consensus behind some of the deadlift every other week, (maybe some of the WSB stuff) is from more the apparent beating the CNS takes, from regular heavy pulling. But I am from the school, (and you have to see some of DH's vids) that the CNS can be trained to adapt, just like a lot of other body systems and parts.
    As you stated earlier, whatever works for you.
    Lastly, I love it so much, that I would rather DL than pick up lotto winnings, but I am a bit skewed, I will admit ;-)
    The CNS is amazing but after doing heavy met cons day in and day out i don't think my CNS could take much more, let alone deadlift. I can squat heavy till the cows come home (thank you Bulgarian training) but DLing is another story.
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    Both are extremely important. Infact, they're both the top most essential exercises for overall muscle growth.

    If you're asking which one we like better, I'll say deadlifts. I just love the grip strength, calluses it puts on my hands and extreme strength it puts in your forearms and lower back.
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    Figured I'd ask this question here rather than start another thread so here it goes;
    My thighs are still a little bit sore from Saturday morning's squat workout. I'd like to stay on schedule and deadlift today but wasn't sure if its a wise move. I feel good but have read conflicting articles about DOMS and its effect on training. I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmdied View Post
    Figured I'd ask this question here rather than start another thread so here it goes;
    My thighs are still a little bit sore from Saturday morning's squat workout. I'd like to stay on schedule and deadlift today but wasn't sure if its a wise move. I feel good but have read conflicting articles about DOMS and its effect on training. I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.
    You're gonna have to be your own judge on that one man! Are you sore or are you injured has to be your main question. I would say give yourself a decent warmup, toss in some foam rolling, and start light to see how it feels. Once you break up the lactic acid you may be good to go
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrivest View Post

    You're gonna have to be your own judge on that one man! Are you sore or are you injured has to be your main question. I would say give yourself a decent warmup, toss in some foam rolling, and start light to see how it feels. Once you break up the lactic acid you may be good to go
    Thanks! Its just some muscle soreness, mainly in the quads. Nothing structural or low back related. Ill do what you suggested and see how the warmup goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrivest View Post

    You're gonna have to be your own judge on that one man! Are you sore or are you injured has to be your main question. I would say give yourself a decent warmup, toss in some foam rolling, and start light to see how it feels. Once you break up the lactic acid you may be good to go
    good advice right here^......also don't worry too much on taking an extra rest day....you grow while resting
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    Quote Originally Posted by edje007 View Post

    good advice right here^......also don't worry too much on taking an extra rest day....you grow while resting
    Took me a long time to finally do this vs talk about doing this
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    Quote Originally Posted by threeFs View Post

    Took me a long time to finally do this vs talk about doing this
    Well, my deadlift workout went very well and was able to increase my weight/reps. That said, I'm going to take the next couple of days off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmdied View Post

    Well, my deadlift workout went very well and was able to increase my weight/reps. That said, I'm going to take the next couple of days off.
    Nice work! Good call on the rest days too! Whenever I hit a new big weight I give myself a day or two to bask in its glory (and by that I mean recover)
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