I’m doing the intermediate program in Ian King’s Book o’ Muscle and still can’t quite figure out how the pause at the bottom of a lift is supposed to “feel.”
And I’ve read several articles on here about it, but still am just not getting it.
Let’s say the tempo is 321 and I’m benching. Does the bar rest on my chest and do my arms relax for those two seconds? Or am I holding it slightly off my chest with the tension still through my arms and chest?
I was noticing this the other day when I was doing curls and felt the tremendous difference between relaxing my arms at the bottom vs. maintaining muscle tension and not quite locking out.
I can see the merits in both. But I’m confused. Which technique is proper? I’m guessing keeping tension is correct…