i've heard that deadlifts are the "single best exercise for full body growth" and i've heard the same about squats..
If you had to choose only 1 that you could have in your routine, which would it be? I am hoping to learn some of the benefits of both exercises from this
I am going to throw in another vote for "Squats".
Not that I particularly like squats, but if you could only do one then I think that you would get more out of them since you can train your upper/mid back with rows, chins, etc.
As others mentioned I do not see why you cannot do both, or at least perform variations of both (SLDL's, Rack Pulls, etc.)
ah i am not saying just to do 1.. im saying if you could only put one of them in your routine, which one would it be?
The one exercise above all for putting the most muscle on your body and developing the greatest amount of strength? We have this conversation at least 3 times per year. If I have to chose 1, I am going with deadlifts.
I would also have to cast my vote for "Squats" along with all its variations.
I can not picture any reason other than physical that a person could not also include deadlifts.
I think I would have to vote for Squats. They seem to be consistently difficult and I always feel that I can do a better set. Deads would be a close second, but for some reason I would rather work on my squats then deads.
i would say full squat. If I do just squats my deadlift goes up. If I do just deadlifts my squat does not go up. The only thing I would be concerned about would be grip training at that point.
400(335) Bench Press
600(520x3 2xBW) Dead Lift
500(495x1) ATG Squat
365 Front Squat
consistency and intensity.
A favorite Rippetoe quote of mine:
"There is simply no other exercise, and certainly no machine, that produces the level of central nervous system activity, improved balance and coordination, skeletal loading and bone density enhancement, muscular stimulation and growth, connective tissue stress and strength, psychological demand and toughness, and overall systemic conditioning than the correctly performed full squat."
Kind of a dumb question because any semi-smart weightlifter will have both in their routine. I would go with deadlifts.
Deadlifts. I just love doing them.
"The deadlift is more functional in that itís very hard to imagine a more useful application of strength than picking heavy *h*t up off the ground" Rip
Max 3x5 Goal 3x5 by 12/31/11 *1X5
Bench (245) (275) 285x1x1 335
Dead (385)* (445) 435x1x1 505
Squat (320) (355) 355X1X1 405
Squat (195) (275) 20 Reppers!
(950) (1075) 1075 1245 Goals (Not including 20 reps)
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I havent done a god's honest DL in about 3 years. I do RDLs, cleans and snatches all the time but I certainly miss that feeling DLs give you... nothing like standing up with 1/4 ton in your hands!
I'm going to have to go with deadlifts too. I just love them.
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If I could only choose 1, it has to be deadlifts because you can do them almost anywhere with minimal equipment.
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Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
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I will also have to go with deadlifts, probably because I progress faster in it, but I also love doing them, I always seem to push myself harder in it. I don't like squats, my progress in it are very very slow - even though it's probably the best exercise.
As much as I love deadlifts, I'd have to vote for squats. Like Tom said, you can get other back exercises in......but, do both.
Give chalk a chance.
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I'll go for deadlifts. I feel it more in my whole body after.
Do we have a Poll function on this site ? We could see quickly which one is the prefered one.