IN your HP Mass program you recommend Bench Press from the Pins as one of the exercises. I was looking through some videos of IBB and saw the Top Half Squat from the Pins and wondered if there was any value in adding that into the HP Mass program for the same reason as the Bench or Shoulder PRess from the pins.
Then did back squat and hit an all-time PR using following loading:
185x2 225x1 265x1 295x1 330x1 365x1 395x1 425x1 - loose belt 495 - walk out and hold for 3 secs 465x1 - loose belt and loose neoprene knee sleeves, went up pretty easily. I think it's because of using the top half squat from pins- Thibs has mentioned something about disinhibting the Golgi Tendon Organ reflex something or other. All I know is it's the most I've ever squated in my life and was pretty happy. The top half squat from pins has really helped me, thankful to CT for his advice.
that seems like an awful long activation exercise, I thought it was supposed to be on the first 3-4 sets ilke Daryl jumping real quick before safety bar squatting. Did you do those and then jump right into back squats or did you do all of those sets and then do you back squats?
I was thinking the same at first but if your not warmed up any less sets to reach a weight so considerable on your back could be dangerous, how easy was the last single? As long as it went up with speed i think its fine, although i think when thib put it in one of his programs he had the pin activations ramped up to a top set of 3.
Seeing as you hit a PR though you must have felt it worked so can't complain really!
Yes, it was longer than I normally work an activation exercise - that being said, I am very careful with heavy weights; I probably could have made bigger jumps but I wasn't fatigued by the time I reached max PR attempt. In fact, after hitting that max single, I did my secondary upper press exercise as well (OH Press).
Activation for me in the strictest sense is 3-5 sets of very explosive movement.