We’re back with more squats!🏋🏻♂️
This time, 140kg paused back squats!
Why do I love paused squats so much?
When you’re holding that paused position at the bottom end of a squat, it takes away the ‘stretch-reflex’ action involved with a squat, and puts more focus through the quads. .
What is the ‘stretch-reflex’? At the bottom end of some exercises, (squats and bench press being some of the main exercises that it’s involved with) when the major muscle groups being worked reach the limit of their flexibility, they have a short, sharp contraction which aids in moving the weight back to the top.
In a squat, when you reach the position I am paused in, that is when the stretch-reflex occurs and will help you stand up again. Taking out this stretch reflex and holding the bottom position makes the squats a lot harder and more effective, whilst also promoting more growth of the quads.
Do they help regarding other lifts?
Absolutely they do. Having a strong paused squat will also help with the initial lifting phase from the floor in a deadlift. .
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