I’m the only person I’ve seen that does both deadlifts and squats. Why would you do one and not the other? I don’t understand people…[/quote]
I’m about to admit something astonishing. I don’t squat any more.
Well, I do front squats with kettlebells sometimes, but I keep the overall volume (weight x reps) pretty low.
Why? My thighs at one point were up to 28 inches around. I had a roommate with a 28 inch waist not too long ago, and it was like trying to cram two of his TORSOS into my pants.
My legs are still pretty big. I stood up in a pair of shorts at a friend’s house the other day, and the guy gasped. “I thought that was fat… but then it all flexed!” Genetically, my whole family is this way. If I squatted hard, I would look like Tom Platz. All respect to the “Golden Eagle” but I don’t want to look like Tom Platz.
Add to this my build (long arms, medium legs, short torso) and you’ve got a deadlifting machine. My legs stay strong, my low back stays strong, and I stay happy without getting thighs that chafe together when I run or walk around.
Reading PTP was the final nail in this coffin.
Now, eventually, I will start squatting again, but I’m not going to squat for mass. I’ll probably keep it to something like 3x3 or 5x5 a couple of times a week, nothing huge. Box squat like a powerlifter.
That is all.
Dan “Heretic” McVicker