While I do BB squats I often do not have a spotter so in case of trying to get PR I find it a bit risky and hence my squats numbers are not increasing as much as I'd like to.But in case of a DL it's not much of a hassle doing alone.I was wondering if I could increase my lower body strength using DL and then it will help in squats? Current PR's: BB Squat 90kg,DL 100kg. BW is 62kg.

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    A squat should never require a spotter. For one, you should have learned to bail on a failed squat, and secondly, the squat rack should have safety bars so you can just sit down, and have the bar be taken off your shoulders.
    – Alec
    Commented Mar 21, 2018 at 19:07
  • The rack in my gym doesn't have a bar,we have to put the BB in position,walk back,do squats and then rerack. Secondly I do understand that we should understand if we'd hit failure but I am sort of stuck in a similar weight week after week so I have decided to go for one rep maxes for a few weeks as my aim is 100kgx5, currently I struggle enduring 80x5.for 5 sets.I sort of have the strength but I seem to lack the endurance or stamina.
    – S.D
    Commented Mar 21, 2018 at 19:11

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Yes, deadlift improvements can contribute to squat improvements. Both of these barbell movements train the back and legs.

However, please consider "The First Three Questions" whenever you see less progress than you want or expect.

By the way: The squat cannot be spotted properly by a single person; two people are required -- one for each end of the barbell. And, if you fail a squat and the squatters help you, then stay with the bar; don't bail completely and leave it in their hands.

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