However, I’m interested to know what the difference is as far as strength vs mass. Doesn’t everyone just want to get stronger? And if you get stronger, dont you automatically get bigger?
It’s not really so much ‘size vs. strength’ as much as ‘big ass vs. big quads’. Using the technique that allows you to push the most weight involves the glutes and hams more than the quads (it’s also much harder on the lower back). Using the technique that will build your quads most effectively will require you to drastically reduce the weight.
Of course, you could use both. If you do, I’d recommend doing the PL style first with low reps, then follow it up with the lighter, quad-dominant style for three sets of 8-10.[/quote]
wtf??? No disrespect… But what kind of question is “big mass vs big quads”??? Not only that, but what does that have to do with squatting PowerLifting style or ass-to-grass???
If anything the OP’s question “mass vs strength” is a relevant question.
-Being bigger does not mean being stronger.
-Being strong is more than having big muscles. It includes having the CNS activating more fast twitch muscle fibers. Plus having the bone density and joint strength to support that strong & fast contraction + the heavy weight.
If you ever go to a Powerlifting, Strongman, or Olympic Weightlifting competition you will see some “normal” or “small” guys moving more weight than a lot of the bigger guys.