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4/15/2014 10:18:25 AM - Brad S.
why is that most powerlifters' squats are bigger than their deadlifts. My squat is around 235 and DL is around 315. is this just common for novices? or is this an imbalance, etc.?


I would say that this issue for you is mainly that you are a novice and that you haven't developed your leg musculature quite yet. Your lower back is probably way stronger than your hamstrings and quads.

But looking at other powerlifters it really comes down to your specific build. Those with really good leverages for deadlift will tend to have a higher or better deadlift than a squat or bench, and vice versa.

It also depends if you are comparing geared lifters or raw lifters. If geared, the gear aids in the eccentric action of the squat, but their is no eccentric action in the deadlift.

But without seeing your mechanics and build it's hard to tell what you'll naturally be better with over time. However, since you are a novice, give it time and work on building both up well (technically and physically). In the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter as long as you get stronger and build your total.

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