Nov 302015
 

My squat has always been my weakest lift of the big three. Now with this article by Greg Nuckols at Strengtheory I have a better understanding as to why that is and a plan to fix it.
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At first glance (if you know what to look for), it’s odd that most people deadlift more than they squat. People take for granted that your deadlift will naturally be stronger than your squat because, well, most people deadlift more than they squat.

When you stop and think about it, though, that doesn’t make a ton of sense.

Your first reaction to that statement may be, “Of course it makes sense! Since the squat contains greater maximum knee and hip flexion angles (which generally makes a lifter harder) and you simply have to move the bar farther (which generally makes a lift harder), of course the squat is going to be harder than the deadlift!”

However, there’s more to it than that.

At first glance (if you know what to look for), it’s odd that most people deadlift more than they squat. People take for granted that your deadlift will naturally be stronger than your squat because, well, most people deadlift more than they squat. When you stop and think about it, though, that doesn’t make a ton of sense. Your first reaction to that statement may be, “Of course it makes sense! Since the squat contains greater maximum knee and hip flexion angles (which generally makes a lifter harder) and you simply have to move the bar farther (which generally makes a lift harder), of course the squat is going to be harder than the deadlift!” However, there’s more to it than that.

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