I'm Jeremy Shore for Livestrong.com, and this is what is the difference between squatting and deadlifting. Both squats and deadlifts are great lower body strengthening exercises. Though these moves do share some of the same benefits, there are some big differences in the movement patterns. First, the deadlifts begin from a low position like the floor or a box and focus on the upward or concentric muscle actions. With a slightly wider than shoulder-width grip and straight arms, the movement is initiated by shifting your weight into your heels, then driving your pelvis forward and your chest up. Fully extend the knees and hips while squeezing the glutes at the top of the movement. The back squat is initiated from a standing position and focuses on both the lowering or eccentric muscle action and the upward concentric phase. A full foot or even distribution of weight is maintained throughout the movement. The bar is positioned across the back at the base of the neck with a pronated wide grip. The weight is lowered, keeping the chest up as the ankles, knees and hips flex. After a brief pause at the bottom of the movement, the knees and hips extend in unison to return to the standing position. I'm Jeremy Shore for Livestrong.com, and this is what is the difference between squatting and deadlifting.