The value of paused movements:
I love pause lifts for one simple reason. Your weaknesses become extremely obvious. My back squat and bench press are really solid. However, as soon as a pause is added, things start to go wrong. On the back squat, the bar decides to not sit even on my back. I find myself pushing more through my right leg. I allow the bar to bend me forward a little too much. On the bench press, my left arm shoots up faster than my right. My arch breaks down toward the end of the set.
Identifying weaknesses is a MUST. Even if your someone who only cares about building muscle (I’m not), identifying weaknesses in big lifts is valuable. There’s a reason that you are having trouble, your lagging in some aspect. For me on my bench press, I’m guessing for some reason I’ve more effectively developed my left side than my right. Knowing this means that I can attack it and even out imbalances, ultimately leading me to be stronger and more ascetic.
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