Reason #2 – You Do Not Squat Or Deadlift
If you want to remain small and weak, ignore squats and deadlifts. Don’t believe me? Think I am some ignorant meathead filled with bravado? Fine. Don’t take my word for it. Check out the natural bodybuilder profiles on Muscle & Strength. Most of the biggest (natural) bodies in the world list squats and deadlift in their top 3 exercises.
There are no two better lifts for building muscle and strength, period.
Continue to focus on Smith machine squats, leg extensions or light weight leg presses and I guarantee your legs with remain puny and frail. Add squats to the mix and it’s like hitting your body with gamma radiation. Your legs, and for that matter the rest of your body, is forced to respond and grow.
The same goes for deadlifts. The deadlift is a raw, primal, mass and strength exercise that will turn you into a freak. Stop using the lat pull down as your main “back building lift” and start ripping heavy barbells off the ground.