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Curious1 08-18-2012 05:55 PM

Why is it assumed that more weight = more strength?
I dont know if it is or not thats why im asking.

But it seems to me the amount of weight used has little to do with strength gains.

Ok the back squat is touted as the king of all exercises and for sheer overall size and strength gains it may well be.

But lets take the front squat theres no way you can lift as much weight with a front squat compared to a back squat but thats because it places most of its stress on the quads and mostly less stress everywhere else.

Well dosnt this make the front squat a superior strength exercise for the quads than a regular squat?

Yes or no and why?

mzubak 09-13-2012 09:19 AM

more weight always equals more strength
In terms of weight training, the amount of weight (or load) is directly related to strength gains. In fact the only way to make strength gains in the weight room is to consistently lift within 15-20% of your 1-repetition maximum.

Most athletes will have a heavier back squat compared to their front squat, this is because the back squat recruits more muscle groups (glutes, hamstrings, quads, lower back) than the front squat, which like you said is primarily a quad exercise. Because you can handle more total weight with the back squat, this makes it a better lift for overall strength, the front squat would be used to target the quads at knee extension.

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