Deadlift or Squat?
Which One Are You Built For?
The deadlift and the squat are two of the most effective lifts for building all-round muscle and strength. The problem is, almost no one is built for doing both lifts efficiently.
In other words, either you're built for doing squats or you're built for doing deadlifts.
For example, lifters with a longer torso and shorter arms will have trouble with the deadlift, especially in the setup. Lifters with this body type find the shins are in the way of the bar path and the arms aren't long enough to get into position without putting undue stress on the lower back. In comparison to the squat, they feel weak and as if the lift isn't hitting the target muscles.
In contrast, lifters with long legs and arms can easily set-up and perform the deadlift, but their deadlift advantage becomes a huge disadvantage when it comes to the squat. To compensate for the long-leg leverages, the torso has to bend forward, again putting too much mechanical stress on the lower back. These lifters, who feel very powerful on the deadlift, feel weak and awkward when attempting to perform the squat.
But neither of those situations is true with the Dead-Squat™ bar. The Dead-Squat™ bar accommodates both body types and provides all the benefits of the deadlift and squat with none of the limitations of using a conventional bar – from one single lift.
In practical terms, this means that if you train hard with the Dead-Squat™ bar, you'll rapidly pack on muscle and increase strength in the legs, glutes, and overall musculature. You're actually combining the effects of the squat and deadlift.
To be clear, due to the way the body develops motor patterns, if you want or need to specifically improve the conventional squat and deadlift, you have to practice those lifts.