Squats and upper-body strength
February 19, 2012 1:21 AM Subscribe
Do squats really help with building your upper-body?
posted by moorooka to health & fitness (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been trying to follow Starting Strength, which really emphasizes the importance of squats. But while my legs seem to be getting thicker and thicker, my arms and especially chest just seems to be lagging way behind, and I've always had a more muscular lower body anyway. I'm thinking about dialling back on the squats (which I don't enjoy, to be honest) and focusing more on bench and overhead press, dips and pull ups. Some people say that squats release growth hormones etc, and that you're wasting your time and can't develop your upper body without them, but at the gym there are always plenty of guys with really big upper bodies who never seem to do squats at all. Are they really that important?