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August 29, 2011

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Crossfit WODs incorporate too much light squatting to develop a heavy squat. Good luck finding anyone who has developed a 500+ squat by doing workouts that require 300 body weight squats or 75 overhead squats with 95lbs day after day. The deadlift is not over trained in crossfit like the squat.

I have always wondered about the "crossfit squat syndrome" as well. Most everyone I knew in my pre crossfit days had a stronger squat then a deadlift, especially the powerlifters. Personally mine are about equal at the moment, low 400s, but for sure I can push the squat numbers up higher easier then I can the deads. Not sure if its a pain thing as crossfitters seem like that sort of thing. Probably related to volume - deads seem to come up all the time.

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No doubt the "fail" in a deadlift allows you to attempt, and thus likely achieve, more weight than a squat. Failing in a backsquat is always an ordeal so for the most part, we play it safe. My understanding is that you should be able to squat 80% of your deadlift weight so if you're deadlifting 500 and squatting 300, you have some work to do.

I am now inspired. Gonna go do some backsquats!

I like how the governator is spotting the squatter... he's so strong he can just pick it up like a barbell if the dood needs help.

Think you nailed it once again, Squating is brutal and such a mind fuck! A 5x5 at 80% or higher on the 3rd set leaves you searching for excuses to go home. Think you can get strong by doing air squats, not gonna happen... but.....

if you hit a ton of accessory work for the dead-lift, your dead-lift will go up. It's always easier to do a bunch of GHD extensions or good mornings than it is to hit a heavy squat session .

If you Oly lift, you pull a whole lot in the week and your dead-lift will go up, but you still have to add some heavy squats at least twice a week to see any benefits in your squat. I guess in conclusion, squatting heavy is brutal and requires more of a commitment.

GBO

It's an interesting question - especially since you have power lifters squatting more than they deadlift.

For one, squatting is a lot more technical than deadlifting. If you have a dude who is just naturally strong but doesn't lift much then his DL will be far ahead.

Also biomechanics is involved. For most weightlifting exercises, having short limbs is advantageous - less distance is need for full ROM. But deadlift rewards long limbs - especially arms. Being good at one tends to exclude the other.

Matt

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