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How to Work My Squat Sticking Point?


#1

I tend to stick/slow down just out of the hole on my squats. What can I do to get faster out of the hole, or stronger at this point in the lift?

My real question then is what assistance exercises or squat variations should I do and what muscles should I try to target to get my numbers up the quickest?

Stats: 6 foot 2 inches 210 lbs, lifting for 5 months, current squat max 315

training log (if it helps to see what I am doing or neglecting) http://tnation.tmuscle.com/free_online_forum/blog_sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_log/jakerz_log;jsessionid=78501938007C1631ACFC552B3B5BF7FC-hh.hydra


#2

For raw squatters, power out of the hole will almost ALWAYS be the limiting factor in a squat.

Some things you can use to help:
1-Low box squats (below parallel)

2-ATG (literally) front squats, with a pause in the hole

3-Perfecting breathing technique

4-Lots of squatting


#3

Thanks, I'll see what I can incorporate of that. What exactly do you mean by perfecting breathing technique? Is this the same as getting a full breath at the top and bracing with it? Or something else?


#4

What he said, and you can also incorporate some rack work (squat from pins at your sticking point level).