I read this in an old Eric Cressey newsletter (8th January 2008). It isn’t by Cressey but Kelly Baggett. He says you should pause for 2 seconds at the midpoint of your lifts even in training:
- Itâ??s been said that your muscles donâ??t know how much weight youâ??re lifting; they only know tension. This is true. I can also assure you that your joints DO know how much weight youâ??re lifting and will eventually let you know about it if you train heavy enough for long enough. The large majority of people over the age of 65 have some degree of â??wear and tearâ?? arthritis. Thatâ??s without subjecting their joints to 45 years of heavy weights. Keep that in mind if you want to be just as active at 75 as you are now. For optimal long-term joint health, not only should you pay close attention to structural balance, but in my opinion, the majority of the time you shouldnâ??t be lifting anything that you canâ??t lift with a two-second pause at the hardest part of the movement. This will ensure youâ??re directing tension to the muscles instead of the connective tissue.
Do People Agree with this? Is Kelly Baggett just being a pure contrarian (— he also says Anterior Pelvic Tilt is not so bad and Insulin Sensitivity is overrated) or is this how I should be lifting when I squat?