About 2 and half months ago, I posted here about a leg workout – and someone recommended that I try squats with about a 5-6 second pause at the bottom of the squat movement.
I’ve been doing them ever since – but on a Smith Machine. I’m also wearing a belt – because that seems to help to alleviate the lower back muscle discomfort I am having.
Does anyone else do squats with a long pause in the parallel position?
I’m not too sure if it is my form (I don’t have this problem with regular BB Squats without the long pause), or the fact that the pause just blasts the lower back muscles (not to mention the legs and the hip muscles as well). I also regularly do good mornings and back-hyper extensions, so it is not a question of not regularly working out the lower back.
I don’t want to stop doing these – because I am experiencing fantastic lower body growth. As a note, since the beginning of December-- with one cycle of Androsol and one cycle of Nandrosol, plus no cardio, and every other workout now being a leg workout, I have put on 28 pounds. Upper body is bigger too – but not like legs. I’ve been working out for several years and had plateau’ed – so to see this growth now is great.
It’s just as I am doing more weight doing squats with pauses, I’m noticing the discomfort in the lower back is getting worse. Literally have to take about a 7 minute break between sets to stretch the back muscles out.
Any tips from anyone?