Consider the following antagonist movements:
Superior Axial Pull <> Push
example: Chins vs Military Press
Inferior Axial Pull <> Push
example: Clean vs Dips
Anteroposterial or Horisontal Pull <> Push
example: Row vs Bench Press
Quad dominant vs Hip dominant (quadruple extension) vs Anterior chain flexion (quadruple flex)
example: Squat vs Deadlift vs Tuck leg lift
To the squat and deadlift I want to add a “tuck lift” or “toe db lift”, sort of a hanging leg raise but with “tucked in” legs, also to be considered as an inverted squat. I have found this exercise to work very well for me and it feels very healthy. I prefer this one over “Hanging leg raise with straigth legs”. It activates tibialis, hip flexors, abs and theoretically the lower hamstring.
Also, the movement is “functional” as it occurs during sprint running, and pulling toe up from very cold water…
Also, presses and pulls are preferred over raises (e.g. dumbbell flies), and this tucked in leg lift seems to allow for more load than the “straight leg” version.
What do you think? Isn’t this the missing 3rd link for a complete perspective of squat / deadlift antagonism?