I have done pause squats several times in the past and have mixed feelings about them. I would like your input to justify or disprove my thinking.
Just to clarify what a pause squat is, take a normal wide stance powerlifting style squat and pause for a full second on the bottom before coming back up.
I like these because in my squat I am weakest on the botton 3-5 inches coming out of the hole. I hope that by keeping tension at the bottom and removing the stretch reflex from the bottom I will be able to make my squat stronger out of the hole.
I do not like it because when I pause at the bottom I am keeping a lot of stress on the hamstrings and then the sudden contraction would make me more open to pulls/strains/tears.
Also I have a tendency when becoming fatigued in later sets of heavier weight to drop several inches lower before I come back up, adding additional stretch to an already tight muscle.
Sorry for the long opening post, please tell me your thoughts on pause squatting.