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We dig the squat. It’s great for adding size to any frame, it’s a proven strength builder, and it has unparalleled carryover for sport. But loading that bar across your traps from week to week may be keeping you from other moves at your disposal that can trigger, dare we say, better growth than the traditional barbell squat.
Forget for a moment that variety is key for continued progress. The following four moves, which combine familiar implements with unique tactics, will help shake your muscles out of complacency. With the proper weight loads, these multi-joint exercises jack up the release of growth hormone and testosterone à la the barbell squat, all while permanently slamming shut your yawning squat life.
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