I'm sure you know that yes there a lot of guys that can squat 600, but take equipment out of the equation and that number is a lot less. There aren't many raw guys doing 600 lbs that are under 250 lbs, to parallel or ATF!
I'm also agreeing with you that ATF squats should not be the only part of the equation. Partial rep work has it's place, for sure.
i dont consider myself a casual lifter at all, i just need to go heavy and i dont feel i should do it without a spot. with the bench i go parrallel and feel safe at the same time. i only use it if i go beyond 315. so would it do more good to go beyond parrallel with lighter weight or to the bench at higher weight?
Last edited by mredn1; 01-30-2007 at 08:29 AM.
I've read several times that there are two basic ways that people respond to range of motion in exercise:
Type G people's muscles respond in a general way. When they train with a limited range of motion, they tend to grow strong throughout the entire range.
Type S people's muscles respond more specificially. When they train with a limited range of motion, a strength test shows a dramatic drop off of strength outside of the trained range of motion.
Of course, treat this as a continuum; some will be at one extreme end, others will fall somewhere in between.
So when it comes to cutting out some ROM, perhaps some people can benefit by loading up the weight rather going through a full range. However, I think this is the exception rather than the rule.
Way to go on the mechanics drawing explanation, but it's wrong.
Bench:240-250, somewhere in that area.
Goal: Lift more, Be Bigger and look Better.