I have been on this forum for a while browsing around and I have been training and made some begineer gains and now I'm looking to get to the next level. Basically I want to know is it possible to get bigger with two of the three major lefts? I have the space and equipment to bench/dead lift but I cant squat because I have no squat rack and with funds the way they are I cant afford one at the moment or a gym pass.
Also what routine would suit my needs best?
There's a reason squats are the king of all workouts.
Yes you can get bigger, but squats are an important aspect of working out.
I always say, if you can't squat then you have to deadlift. Peary Rader said that the deadlift was a more productive exercise than the squat. The only reason nobody uses the deadlift is because it's too dang hard. If you can't squat at home and you are relying on the deadlift, I'd also throw in some Bulgarian Split Squats or Lunges to hit the quads harder.
Of course, not doing the squat leaves out one of the best exercises for strength and size. While working the deadlift will make you bigger and stronger, I'd find a way to do the squat in the future. Start a little savings account and buy a squat rack some day. You'll be glad you did.
Height: 6'4 - Weight: 235 lbs - Age: 31
DL: 530 x 1
Squat: 355 x 1
Bench: 350 x 1
Thanks for the replys.
I'll add the lunges in and start saving for a rack.
Should I be working on the dead left more then once a week as it's such a hard hitting movement.
I assume when you say the "big 3" that you are including other exercises, Overhead press, bent over rows, Good Mornings, shrugs and cleans. So, I would also suggest front squats, you won't need a rack for them.