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    Deep Squats vs Regular squats

    Looking to gain basic leg strength as fairly new to weight lifting.

    I have experiemented with basic squats (90 degree angle bend max) & also deep squats (butt almost touching floor).

    I find the deep squats working my glutes & quads a lot more but was wondering which one was more beneficial as I obviously cannot deep squat as heavy as regualr squats?
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    Originally Posted by ajb316 View Post
    Looking to gain basic leg strength as fairly new to weight lifting.

    I have experiemented with basic squats (90 degree angle bend max) & also deep squats (butt almost touching floor).

    I find the deep squats working my glutes & quads a lot more but was wondering which one was more beneficial as I obviously cannot deep squat as heavy as regualr squats?
    That is a matter of personal preference.
    Many ppl enjoy so-called ass to grass squating.
    Both are very beneficial,you should choose what you think suits you best.
    But important thing to know is,doing heavier "regular" squats,instead of butt touching the floor,is not gonna hold you back.You dont have to worry about not having results if you dont go all the way down.
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    Originally Posted by ajb316 View Post
    I have experiemented with basic squats (90 degree angle bend max) & also deep squats (butt almost touching floor).
    90 degree bend does not equal a basic squat. That is a partial squat.

    A full squat is the same as ATG.

    Parallel squat is what many people shoot for and/or claim, and that is below 90 degree bend.

    Many claim to have below parallel squats, but most do not, due to inflexibility.


    The lower you go in a squat, the more glute and hamstring involvement you get. Stopping higher, does not mean you'll get more quad involvement, it is already involved. Just when you go lower, you actually get to activate the glutes and hams more.

    In short, you should go as deep as you safely/comfortably can.

    Width of stance, and squat style, will also have a determination on what muscles are emphasized in the lift.
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