I think this is a really good thread and I'm interested in reading Steven's article.
As an experiment for the past several months, I've been combining hard body weight work with a 70's big diet (I don't add weight to the bar, I just put more Wendy's Triple Baconators and milkshakes in my tummy). I'm bigger than when I was strictly BB orientated, but I feel like I'm relatively much stronger because I can draw so much more strength from my core now.
What would you guys say is the closest equivalent to a dead lift body weight-wise?
And with squats, which exercise (jump squats/sprints/etc) would bring about the greatest GH release?