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    Sticking points

    When I do squats, doesn't matter if they are ATF or simply to parallel, I find it REALLY hard to get the weight moving after I hit the bottom. I always try to pause for a split second at the bottom. I doesn't matter what the weight is I feel like I am stuck at the bottom. As soon as the bar starts moving however I have no trouble getting the rest of the way up?

    What can I do to improve on this weakness?
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    Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
    Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
    Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
    Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeder
    What can I do to improve on this weakness?
    More squats?

    Do you feel your breathing is under control while squatting?

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    Senior Member deeder's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by muscleup
    More squats?

    Do you feel your breathing is under control while squatting?
    Bah... I was hoping more squats wasn't the answer I think I am breathing well/properly throughout.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei
    It sounds like you just aren't staying as tight as possible at the bottom. Are you relaxing at all at the bottom?
    I don't really see how I could relax with weight on my back... I don't believe I do... Is there anything I should try to concentrate on doing to keep myself tight?
    Full Powerlifting
    Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
    Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
    Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
    Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeder
    I doesn't matter what the weight is I feel like I am stuck at the bottom. As soon as the bar starts moving however I have no trouble getting the rest of the way up?
    What can I do to improve on this weakness?
    It sounds like you just aren't staying as tight as possible at the bottom. Are you relaxing at all at the bottom?

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    If you are pausing at the bottom, it's just going to be harder to get it going again period.

    Make sure that your abs and upper back are staying tight and that you are driving your head back/up from the hole - this will help keep your legs from straightening out prematurely and making you good morning the weight up.

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    Im no squat expert by any means but I would say box squats would give you some edge.

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    I think the pausing at the bottom is your problem. It's not good to just sit there on your haunches with a couple hundred pounds across your back. As soon as you hit parallel or below, DRIVE back up, hard. John McCallum called it "muscular rebound."

    If you pause at the bottom and then try to bounce your way back up, you're going to knock somebody out with your kneecap when it blows.

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    there is no need for the pause...just don't bounce when doing ATF's...and parallel there is definetly no need for the pause, have someone spot u and tell you when u hit parallel then drive up as hard as possible keeping everything in the core tight, breathing regulated, and looking up...
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    Thanks for all the advice guys! I'll try them next week without pausing.
    Full Powerlifting
    Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
    Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
    Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
    Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)

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