Hello everybody, this is my first post on the T-Nation forums.
I would like to discuss Full olympic style back squats with you and the question whether they indeed trigger an increase in total body power and growth in every muscle groups (also the ones the back squat does not stimulate directly such as the biceps for example).
I am from Germany, and in Germany this phenomenon is called "Verbreitungseffekt," which means that the ATG Squat uses more than two thirds of the body's muscle mass and therefore causes the entire body to grow. Not only through the release of growth hormone and testosterone, but due to the fact that whenever more than 60% of the whole body's muscles are fully activated, all others are stimulated just as well, to a lesser degree but still.
If one were to do nothing but olympic style back squats, would the entire body really get developed?
In The Poliquin Principles, Charles states that he does believe the squat increases TOTAL body power, i.e. strength in the entire body with all its areas and muscles.