Wednesday, October 19, 2011

PR: Back Squat

Yesterday I posted a new personal record for the back squat: 255 lb. That's a 10-lb improvement, so I'm quite pleased with it. I feel compelled to point out that this improvement isn't due to increased strength. At least, not only to increased strength. Steve cued me to not hang out at the bottom, deciding if I'd descended low enough, like I have been doing. Instead, he suggested bouncing out of the bottom. I realized that this motion not only reduces time spent at the point in the movement with the worst leverage, but also takes advantage of the stretch-shortening response. Applying this technique at 245, the load felt easier than 240 had, and I was able to put up 250 and then 255, but not quite 260. I'll aim to hit that last number next time.

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