Doing squats and deadlifts in the same session will increase muscle size and strength through increased volume, says Layne Norton – winner of the 2015 Arnold Classic Pro Raw Challenge powerlifting competition
Dr Layne Norton is a physique coach and natural pro bodybuilder and powerlifter, who holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences. He is based in Florida.
I have to squat and deadlift in the same session because of the training volume and frequency I need to do to get stronger. And I must do these two moves together at powerlifting meets so it makes sense for me to train this way.
The more advanced you are, the greater the volume benefits of doing both moves in the same workout. Because deadlifts work the lower back more, it makes sense to always squat first so you are more stable and can go heavier.
Your body adapts to whatever you ask it to do. So while at first you will get weaker at the deadlift when doing it after squats, over time your performance will improve, and you will increase muscle strength and muscle mass.