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Thread: Deadlift vs Squats

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    Deadlift vs Squats

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    So, I'm going to start training with a coach to work on one of the lifts. I only have one day a week to do it, and would think that doing both DL and squats the same day might not be advisable. So, between the two, which should I do? Secondarily, is it possible to train both during an hour long session without hurting oneself or posting dismal numbers due to fatigue? Thanks.

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    you can definitely do both in the same session. do squats first.
    if you are going to pick between the two exercises, i would recommend squats. though, that might be just because i like them more.

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    Yeah, if you've never done much of either you can certainly start off with both in the same session. But why the hour long session?

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    It's not necessarily. If I do one, it will be a 1/2 hour.

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    I do both squats and dl every week but several days apart. I'm very happy with the progress that I'm making so far. I haven't hurt my knees or back and I don't have chicken legs anymore. My guess would be that doing them on the same day would be better than doing them the next day.

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    If I had my choice of which to get coaching on, I'd rather have coaching with squats. Deadlift is really pretty simple and form is a lot more important with squats.

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    All of the above, +1. DLs and squats help each other - doing one makes you better at the other to some extent. You should aim for maybe 3 sets each of 4 or 5 compound exercises plus warmup in an hour session - squats, press, deadlift, chinups for instance. That basically will wipe you out and get you to "dismal fatigue" levels that you NEED to get much stronger very quickly. Then go back next time and do it again with heavier weights.

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    Definitely. Deads are simple. Squats are often not.

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    deads may be simple, but I've never done them with heavy weights, so I'd like to lock in decent form before I screw up my back. In any event, it sounds like I can fit them both into a session. Thanks.

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    I always do both.

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