I want to eventually get into training for Olympic Lifting, Strongman, and Powerlifting. I realize going forward I won’t be great at any of these but I believe you can make gains all 3 with the right routine be it periodization or simply devoting a day a week to each one. Also having a workout where you do Atlas Stones one day and a clean jerk in a later workout is fun and breaks up the monotony.
It seems like for the most part, if you can’t squat, you can’t really do anything.
You may have good oly lifting technique, but without the squat increasing it doesn’t like your Clean and Jerk or Snatch will increase on their own once technique is good.
In Powerlifting, your the squat is part of a competed event. From what I can gather, the squat feeds the deadlift, while the deadlift does not necessarily feed the squat. With that said you’ll give your totals up much faster and make bigger numbers with the deadlift and squat because you move more weight with those muscle groups.
In Strongman, it seems like virtually every event involves a strong posterior chain and core. It seems like the squat would feet any event where you are required to walk with weight from the Yoke, to Conans Wheel. It also seems like the Atlas Stones depend on the same muscle group and being powerful on the pickup and stand up.
Also, as I stated in another thread I train Judo some and many throws involve the same motor patterns of the squat when lowering your center of gravity.
It seems like all these sports require some version of the squat to be successful rather it’s a low bar or high bar version.
With all that said, my squat is very low. I can only do about 315 high bar into full depth and I weight about 208. I am considering something like the Smolov Squat routine or something to get my squat up and feed into these other activities. Perhaps I can change the kind of bar or movement up from one day to the next doing something like a cambered bar on one day and a front squat the next.
Am I off base on my logic here or is the squat worth overcompensating for when your max is low like mine?