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Leeman
12-21-2007, 07:35 PM
I have heard this so many different places and seen it first hand with tons of incredible squaters who were deadlifting 100-200lbs under thier best raw squat.

And I noticed the best deadlifters arent exactly fat, Large yes, but not fat. Some are actually pretty lean like Edd Coan and Konstantine Kostanov.



So, would losing some fat help increase your deadlift?


This has been bothering me for a while but I always figured more food = bigger muscles = more weight so the question seems stupid to me. But I just gotta hear what other people think.

chris mason
12-21-2007, 08:07 PM
Well, Andy Bolton has a large gut and does ok...

Some very large men are better squatters than they are deadlifters, but I think it has more to do with relative strengths than their guts.

Chris

Ben Moore
12-22-2007, 09:47 AM
Most of the time when you lose fat around your midsection, or girth like Chris put it it helps your leverages and helps you get closer to the bar.

chris mason
12-22-2007, 10:46 AM
Most of the time when you lose fat around your midsection, or girth like Chris put it it helps your leverages and helps you get closer to the bar.


I know that is the common thought, and I think there is some truth to it, but I again look to Andy Bolton. His stomach is huge and yet he pulls more weight than anyone in history.

I think some of the biggest men are better squatters than deadlifters by design in that they must have big hips and legs in order to move their bulk around. In other words, those with big frames who have the heredity to be very large tend to have large hips and lower bodies in general with good power in those areas. They tend to be less powerful in a relative sense in the lower back. I think this has more to do with the lower deadlift phenomena than leverage concerns. In addition, a large gut can really help in the hole when squatting so those with a big gut get aid for their squat and none for the deadlift thus increasing the disparity in the 2 lifts.

Ben Moore
12-22-2007, 02:25 PM
Bolton is just a freak of nature, LOL.

I think there are exceptions to every rule - and I can see your point.

RhodeHouse
12-22-2007, 04:00 PM
Another thing to take into account is the gear. The squat gear is ridiculous nowadays. A DL suit doesn't give much compared to squat gear.

borracho
01-13-2008, 09:31 AM
I am a fat ass and I can easily DL 100lbs more than I can squat at this point..and its not like my legs are noodly...they have good size and are fairly solid.

I have balance issues which I've yet to overcome, which is hindering my squats, at least that is my theory.

manofsteel99
01-13-2008, 10:05 AM
im not fat at all and my squat and deadlift are about teh same, so i agree with chris that its more relative strength, and i notice that alot of the fat people in my school can deadlift better