Which exercise is better – the Deadlift or the Squat? Some will claim one over the other, and you can find my answer in the video below.
It all depends on you personally and a few other factors including:
- What you are built for
- Your personal preference
- Your goals
For example, I focus more on the deadlift simply because I am better built for it and, consequently, enjoy it more than the squat. Thus I have succeeded in taking it to a higher level as I’ve trained on it more.
Generally speaking, the squat and the deadlift are both whole body exercises, but with a couple of differences. For instance, the squat is slightly better for adding muscle mass and it works your legs to a higher degree than the deadlift.
However, what you don’t want to do is to avoid one of these completely, as they are both extremely beneficial exercises and should be done on a regular basis, whether you are built for them or not. In fact, working on your squat could be the missing key to driving your deadlift up (for instance if you don’t use much leg drive). Or your deadlift could help your squat (by strengthening your lower back from another angle for instance). That being said certain people find that one exercise may not work well for their body, but of course there are many variations of each exercise.