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Deadlifts or Back Squats for Speed/Vert?


#1

Which do you prefer and why?

Wondering which one to focus on myself in my quest for speed and vert, although i'm a better deadlifter then squatter bit i've seen different coaches prescribe each over the other (defranco squats, cressey deads etc)

thanks


#2

I've never trained personally for those two goals but my trainer had very much success with 1/2 speed squats from a high box. The rationale is that that's the starting point of a maximal jump (nobody descends into a full squat when they want to jump as high as possible). Conventional squats and deadlifts are still staples, but I believe these are a very useful tool to add at the beginning of a workout.