Are squats, deadlifts and benches truly the superior core lifts? If so why do some lifts increase these lifts? For example close grips and cambered bar bench will increase the bench. Zercher squats will increase the deadlift. Wouldn’t it be wiser to dump the big 3 for a less taxing movement with a fuller ROM? A deadlift is only a partial ROM compared to a deficit deadlift or a zercher squat. A bench press is only a partial lift compared to a close grip or cambered bar.
I think a cambered bar would be superior to a close grip because you get more ROM with more weight. Mike MacDonald used a cambered bar. Is it possible to increase the big 3 using a longer ROM with submaximal weight? Example: What if I increased my deficit deadlift over a few months, but never pulled off the floor? Would my deadlift go up? If it did would that make the deficit deadlift a superior lift? Just because you can use more weight in conventional deadlift shouldn’t make it the most productive lift. If weight used is all that mattered then the rack deadlift would be king. Can’t argue with “specificity” because you are completing the exact ROM, with the benefit of going deeper. Same for the close-grips; will your bench 1RM increase if your CG’s increase? I am asking because I notice this in my own training. I feel like I can increase my lifts this way. Any thoughts?