How anabolic are squats?

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  • April 3, 2007 at 7:47 am #752

    Hey guys, after reading this…

    I didnt read the below links, though i plan to. These guys are in wheelchairs, I doubt they even can deadlift which is another “anabolic” exercise aswell.

    These guys are just as big in the upperbody as the other competing athletes

    Why is so much emphasis put onto squatting and deadlifting when these guys definetly dont do it (well, not anymore) and are still just as big?

    Maybe this proves direct muscle work is essential? Maybe biglifts is a load of crap, OR not as good as we thought for growth…?


    April 3, 2007 at 9:56 am #4210

    Maybe they wouod be even bigger if they squatted and deadlift. 😕

    I don’t know I’m just an idiot 😳

    April 3, 2007 at 9:56 pm #4211

    I’ve also wondered about this.

    Poliquin, I think, has suggested that there is some sort of feed back mechanism so that arm growth, for example, is limited by leg size. Obviously for a para neural feedback from the lower body is cut off.

    However, I’m more inclined to think that if you specialise in a body part it will grow disproportionately to body parts that aren’t being worked.

    We’ve probably all seen examples of people who just don’t work legs at all but still have big upper bodies.

    Still you’ve got to admire guys like Snell. It would be so easy to feel sorry for yourself and just give up. Plenty do.


    April 4, 2007 at 6:34 am #4212

    Yeah, he definetly has inspired me. Im now laughing at my rotator cuff, how trivial really.

    April 12, 2007 at 1:58 am #4213

    I think it has something to do with mobility and motor unit connectivity.

    Being very general without having done any reading yet and blasting possible stupidity here Im going to raise two questions

    1. Does mobility and spinal connectivity affect the release of growth hormone?

    2. Since motor units are connected and intertwined does this have something to do with the ability of squats to help fascilitate the growth of other muscles?

    Im probably being a major downer here id be more on target if I had my text books infront of me!

    April 20, 2007 at 12:20 am #4214

    Good points gents, i thought i might add my opinion.

    For these guys in wheelchairs wouldn’t they use their upper body basically ALL day as it is? they’d have solid chests delts and abs from simply getting around – let alone racing in wheelchairs. I know some ppl i’ve seen in wheelchairs seem to be quite well developed in the upper body.

    The other thing that comes to mind is would they burn as much energy seeing they don’t walk everywhere? Perhaps this allows them to easily meet caloric requirements.

    As for anabolism with squats and deadlifts etc, from personal experience it seems to have made a difference to me, anything further would be merely a guess from me.

    April 22, 2007 at 7:11 am #4215

    Ive been doing some observing.

    i have a mate who doesnt work his legs at all but does a heap of everything else…he has massive thighs you would think he does presses or something..his calfs are tiny girly man calfs…hes a full girly (calf) man
    get this we did decline leg presses…the guy had never done them before and he was more or less keeping up with me!

    i have a mate from work.. this bloke only has one arm..the 1 arm isnt so big…but his shoulders…(yes both of them) are proportioned and pretty big and his legs are cut and huge moster calfs.

    theres a chinese bloke at my gym…all i ever see this guy do is lunges squats and deads very low weight but awesome form and he steps up weight gradually…his entire body is built and cut. there isnt a great deal of growth in any one place but kind of a uniform growth everywhere..

    bit off topic..but i have another mate who works in a timber yard..a lot of his work involves lifting things from here to there…and well..hes just a tank…and he does no weights.

    this threads got me thinking :)…dont think i can do much more than observe and wonder though…im probably gonna get so adgitated that i pop so if someone can shed some light it would be awesome!

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