Any thoughts on the issue?
Squats are usually pushed heavily by coaches, yet many are hesitant to include DL's.
Personally, I squatted and Front Squatted for most of my training career. Only DL'd the first few years. After that, the majority of my pulling came from the O-lifts.
Now, for the last year or so, I squat rarely and have beefed up the pulling...CLDL, SNDL, DL, Rack Pulls, the Cl and Sn Pulls, etc.
My speed has improved so has athletic ability. I've also noticed that as my pulls go up, I maintain my squatting strenght. Despite not B. Sqting for damn near 3 months, I squatted last night and not only hit my old number, but actually moved up a bit.
So...to the coaches out there...To Pull or To Squat, that is the question. Or, to do both? Periods of both? Perhaps it is an individual thing?