Quick question for the experienced guys out there and I think PL’s are probably the most experienced with partials.
I decided to do a 12 week program based around the progressive distance training style. My experience with partials up to this point left me with this impression 1/4 squats seemed pretty useless. Getting out of the hole was my problem. Not wearing a gear shirt it was ditto for bench lockouts. I fell in love with low rack pulls and think them awesome.
However with the whole PDT thing you start out at lockout distances with weights well, well above your full ROM 1RM for a handful of reps. Each workout (for me that meant each week on on Bench, Squat, Deads, and I added press to break up the hip exercises)I lower the pins a little and increase ROM. Slow cook but plenty of heavy stimulus.
Here’s the ‘problem’ or more likely ‘revelation’–my presses from a dead stop moving about 2.5-3" was crazy low. I OH Press 165 and clean and push 173 at about 180. Not jaw dropping numbers but you get my point.
Only in the press was I this back assward. And my erectors contracted like jumping pythons. The shoulder exercise felt more like a total body movement done this way then clean & press ever did.
Is this common? Is this an effect of me having short arms? Was my form just so naturally (and unnoticed) loose that my press dead-stop lockout was less than my press?
I hit 155 for a tough max rested 60 seconds and cranked out 95lbs for 6 reps and my shoulders were fried like no other workout ever.
This familiar to anyone at all or was I just getting some humble pie? With short arms I’m used to pushing with little effort and pulling like a window licker.