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Deadlift vs Squat poundage...muscle imbalance?

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2003/12/05 05:06:02 (permalink)

Deadlift vs Squat poundage...muscle imbalance?

I've got about 5 years training under my belt and have always included squats and deadlifts in my routine along with other compound and olympic movements. One thing I noticed though is that my deadlifting weight is significantly higher than my squating weight. In the past I thought nothing of this until recently I read about some max lifts for powerlifters and all their squats were heavier than their deadlifts!

For squats to parallel, I can do 265lbs for 6 reps. For deadlifts from the floor for, I can do 325lbs for 6 reps. I do not use a lifting belt for either exercise. I am 22 years old, 5'10" and weigh 170lbs with 9% bodyfat (I don't know if that helps?).

I have just started Frankie's 3-day mass routine and would appreciate any advice as to whether or not my situation is normal or whether there exists some muscle imbalance. Oh yeah, I am also a soccer player (so maybe my hamstrings are overly strong relative to my quads??).

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    Frankie NY
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    RE: Deadlift vs Squat poundage...muscle imbalance? 2003/12/05 05:29:36 (permalink)
    Bo:

    I don't think you have a muscle imbalance. You just have a relatively stronger back than legs, for now. If you keep training, eventually your squat will probably exceed your deadlift.

    Another aspect is form. To squat truly big weights you need to adopt a powerlifters squatting form - wide stance and bar low on your back. The wider stance uses more hip and glut muscles, which can support more weight than the quads, and lessens the strain on the knees.
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    RE: Deadlift vs Squat poundage...muscle imbalance? 2003/12/05 06:36:36 (permalink)
    I thought deadlifts usually exceeded squats =
    I know in my case they do..
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    RE: Deadlift vs Squat poundage...muscle imbalance? 2003/12/05 11:05:46 (permalink)
    I can currently bench more that my deadlift and squat!
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    RE: Deadlift vs Squat poundage...muscle imbalance? 2003/12/05 11:38:54 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by robt

    I can currently bench more that my deadlift and squat!



    me too. but thats only because in 15 years of pumping weights id never done a deadlift or a squat until a few weeks back! lol.
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    RE: Deadlift vs Squat poundage...muscle imbalance? 2003/12/05 18:06:01 (permalink)
    I was curious about this also. It seems to me that for most ordinary mortals deadlift will exceed squat, but when you move into the realm of stupidly heavy weigths the DL seems to plateau before the squats. Could be wrong.

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    Bo
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    RE: Deadlift vs Squat poundage...muscle imbalance? 2003/12/05 22:48:42 (permalink)
    Thanks for the quick and informative response Frankie!

    Actually, I've noticed something interesting when looking at some Powerlifting records. Competitors weighing under 220lbs all have higher 1RM in deadlift than squat. The competitors in weight categories over 220lbs (I think there are only 3) all have higher 1RM in Squat than deadlifts! I guess it may have something to do with bone-structure and/or muscle attachments of larger men.

    Anyways, I'll try squats with a wider stance (I usually had my feet at shoulder width) and see if what happens.
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    RE: Deadlift vs Squat poundage...muscle imbalance? 2003/12/06 02:08:15 (permalink)
    Well Bo, your were probably reading max lifts for meets. Powerlifters <me> cause use belts and knee wraps And squat suits to help aid the lift and "fire you out of the bottem" When you work out generally squat poundage will be less cause deadlift is nearly unaided so you ahve more of a weight close to you max. If that makes sense. Im sure if you had a suit on and knee wraps when you worked out squats it would be a lot more weight, but who does that =p
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