Why pause squat?
The Paused squat is class for building leg strength and size by removing the bounce/stretch reflex that you get at the bottom of a squat
because the stretch reflex is removed, the actual effort of contraction part of the muscles is decreased during the first part of the movement.
By using a two-second pause at the bottom position, just prior to initiating the lift up, you force your muscles to do all the work over the full range of motion.
Holding a pause at the bottom of a squat is also a good way to improve hip mobility by acting as a stretch under load (like when using bands). Regardless of whether you're using a squat or a front squat, your focus during the bottom pause should be the same:
weight on the middle of the feet, knees out, and hips between your feet, your torso position will depend on type of squat
If using it with front squats you also need to think about pushing your elbows up as high as you can.
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