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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Squatting for deadlift only

    If you were only concerned with increasing your deadlift what squat variations would incorporate in your routine.

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    I would do partial squats with a foot stance the was the same as I used on deadlift. I would also get different bars like a safety squat bar and a cambered bar and use them.


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    Depending on your sticking point you may want to include front squats. Also, working in some bottom-up squats or pause squats could give you a somewhat similar feel to a deadlift since you do not have the 'rebound' that you get with regular squat variations.
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    Depends where you are weak, I have weak hips that I have problems getting through at the top of the deadlift and wide stance box squats help more in that area.
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    Well, I don't deadlift a lot of weight, so sorry if I'm wrong, but if you are able to do deadlifts, wouldn't doing deadlifts be the best way to increase your deadlifts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon63 View Post
    Well, I don't deadlift a lot of weight, so sorry if I'm wrong, but if you are able to do deadlifts, wouldn't doing deadlifts be the best way to increase your deadlifts?
    I believe he is looking for squat variations to supplement his deadlift work and is not interested in traditional squatting.

    As Tom stated, front squats would be something to explore and to echo Chris safety bar squats would be another.


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    I found rack squats productive for conventionals. Same stance; pins at sternum height. Singles work best.
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I should note that I pull with a sumo stance. My current sticking point is a few inches above my knees. A lot of it has to do with the bar getting out in front of me and a less then optimal starting position which I am working on.

    I have been doing paused box squats, bottom up squats at belly button height, and front squats.

    Would conventional style rack pulls warrant enough carryover to my sumo deadlift to have to add an extra day or two between my lower body days?

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    Zercher squats, the best for DL

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    Ssb low box squats and ssb Anderson squats.
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    Just squat. Same muscles used. I've been able to pull at meets with a terrible back because I squat so much.

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    Maybe pause squats just to try em out.

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    Yep, just squat. The different bars will be good.

    If the bar gets forward your "post rear" chain needs work.

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    wide stance box squatting is good if your hips can tolerate it, more for sumo but helped my conventional dead. And front squats/ss bar squats are also good too, for strength off the floor w conventional, but im sure theyd help sumo too. Strong squat=strong legs and thatll help your dl

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