"TM: In the last installment of Blood and Chalk, you gave some suggestions on choosing the right assistance lifts to bring up the deadlift. On a similar note, what are the best lifts to bring up the squat?
JW: I knew when I addressed the deadlift last month that this question was coming, so I've prepared accordingly.
You have to squat. And do lots of squats.
Are you squatting? **** you if you lied to me in the first question.
See you next month!
Oh all right, here's a few more:
Strengthen your hamstrings with glute ham raises or something similar (please don't ask).
Best lift for overall strength? The deadlift.
Best for lower back? Good mornings or back raises to build the low back, and also hamstrings and glutes.
For Quads? Lunges or leg presses.
For Abs? Weighted sit-ups.
You should be doing all this stuff anyway — and if you aren't, why not? Did you hop on the latest bandwagon? Did weighted sit-ups and good mornings suddenly become non-awesome?"