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  1. In all seriousness, this study popped up in my Facebook Feed thanks to my former coach, Greg Nuckols. The official name of the study is "A Comparison of Gluteus Maximus, Biceps Femoris, and Vastus Lateralis EMG Amplitude in the Parallel, Full, and Front Squat Variations in Resistance Trained Females". (pubmed) When you look at the list of researchers, you'll see a couple of really well known names like Bret Contreras, aka the Glute Guy and Brad Schoenfeld, known for his hypertrophy related research. There was another study similar to this one, but it was geared for men. This closes a big gaping hole in that research and puts to rest the idea that women's muscles work any different than men's muscles. The rest of this is simply a quote from Greg Nuckols since he puts it words better than I could: