Is the SQUAT an alternative to the DEADLIFT? Or is the DEADLIFT and alternative to the SQUAT? Should a program to increase lean mass include both or is one sufficient? If so which?
Most articles that address both exercises say that the squat hits the area same as the deadlift (glutes, abductors, hamstrings, quads). Pavel (the kettlebell guy) says that the deadlift is the “poor man’s squat” and more “functional.” He recommends focusing on the deadlift.
Let me add, too, that I’m not interested in competing or being a professional body builder. I’m not an “advanced lifter” or “athlete” . . . just a regular guy who works out and is confused as hell.
Any help appreciated. Thanks