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    which uses more muscle fibers a squat or dead lift

    I was just wondering which uses more muscle fibers a squat or a deadlift. For me I dread squats much but deadlift uses more muscles.
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    Probably deadlifts because your using, legs, back, arms, stomach, a little bit of everything.
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    they are very similar but im pretty sure a deadlift hits more overall muscle fibers...for one thing the deadlift has active participation of the arms/hands
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    which weighs more? a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers?
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    Originally Posted by BOSTONMASS View Post
    which weighs more? a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers?
    Duh!!! A pound of bricks... er, um, wait a second...
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    According to Strength Training Anatomy they both use a huge amount, but I think deadlift wins out by a small margin
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    I believe it's Deadlifts, like most others have said.
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    I think they are even.

    Though overall the squat is a better movement.
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    The deadlift activates a greater number of fibers.

    Both are excellent movements.
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    Originally Posted by John Prophet View Post
    they are very similar but im pretty sure a deadlift hits more overall muscle fibers...for one thing the deadlift has active participation of the arms/hands
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    Originally Posted by Big_fuzzy View Post
    I think they are even.

    Though overall the squat is a better movement.
    Ding Ding Ding...

    Squat KILLS the deadlift for overall utility.

    The overhypedness of the Deadlift on BB.com mirrors the irrational bashing of the benchpress.

    Neither lift is close to the full ROM squat which is certainly the king of all lifts.
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    deadlift.

    the deadlift results in the body releasing the most natural GH out of any exercise. it is releasing all this GH because of the # of activated muscle fibers
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    They're pretty much the same thing, but the deadlift additionally uses the arms. If you want more range of motion, go sumo with a lot of leg drive.
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    Originally Posted by Bodysteele View Post
    Ding Ding Ding...

    Squat KILLS the deadlift for overall utility.

    The overhypedness of the Deadlift on BB.com mirrors the irrational bashing of the benchpress.

    Neither lift is close to the full ROM squat which is certainly the king of all lifts.
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    Originally Posted by sway_dizzle View Post
    no wai! clean + jerk is king of all lifts
    I actually agree for athletes....

    I could clean 275+lbs and put it over my head before ever even thinking about squatting...so there is little to no disagreement between us on this point.

    Ideally I think a good base built by squatting is optimal to build before Olympic lifting....unfortunately it never happened.
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    Probably the deadlift, uses a lot more upperback, shoulders and arms/forearms than the squat. If I could only do one though (which I do) it would be the squat.
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    Depends on the kind of squat. Olympic squats ftw, definitely, without question.

    Though deadlift is very close, particularly the lat spread version.
    Y'know... i just like to lift heavy stuff
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    lat spread version? for me im gonna have to go with deadlift also.
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    sumo decreases range of motion....

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    They're pretty much the same thing, but the deadlift additionally uses the arms. If you want more range of motion, go sumo with a lot of leg drive.
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    this is like comparing apples and oranges. the deadlift is actually a pure strength test. it is widely considered the "purest" lift. lifts such as the bench press and squat rely on the muscles to reach elastic stretch points storing energy. when the weight is lowered, whether it be bench or squat your muscles store elastic energy, so when is pushed back to its starting point its a completely different lift. where the deadlift is exactly that, a dead lift, it does not store any energy and is purely a test of brute strength.

    as for activation of muscle i would imagine that they are both bloody close, the only difference that the deadlift may activate the arms more.
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    Originally Posted by Radok View Post
    If you want more range of motion, go sumo with a lot of leg drive.
    You make no sense. Sumo actually decreases ROM , not increases it
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    i think he means a propper sumo pull as opposed to a conventional pull. with sumo, you're supposed to squat the weight up, not pull it (that's the easist way i can explain it) and a conventional pull is often more similar to a 1/4 squat as opposed to a full squat.

    most good sumo pullers dip their hips very low, pretty much to squat parallel and conventional pullers stay a little higer than that.
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