As an alternative for those who fail at the A2G squat, there might be another option for you! I think the main reason for many who don't do full squats is a overestimation of depth, not a cop-out. So why not start the squat from the lowest position possible? This way you will automatically know to which depth to return on each rep.
Cold starts eliminate momentum and require more force which in turn builds power... right? More power = bigger weights ? bigger weights = bigger muscles, right?
I'm sure this is more of a PL thing, but why not use it for BBing training?
Due to having poor flexibility no matter what I do, I can't reach bottom position until having at least 135 on the bar (why would I have less? Warmups): and there have been times that even with the 135, I have to pull myself down the last couple of inches, as the weight itself still isn't quite sufficient.
There is no way I could work my way under the bar at bottom position. I can't get that low without the weight helping to overcome the inflexibility.
yes, when i go back to doing full squats with eccentric and concentric they are much easier and my form is spot on. also, i have much better power out of the hole and none of that forward lean you see out of a lot of squatters.
here are a couple examples of the different ways i do them.
these are really hard. front squat off pins, against bands
here's a zercher variation
here's a variation where i incorporate the eccentric, but pause it long enough to lose the stretch reflex.
Then I wouldn't know, not having tried that (being unable to do it) and never having had anyone try it, nor happening to have learned of results from anyone who had. So I am useless on any point on this other than it being impossible for some, although I agree, not others
I have done these with the pins. I found it easier to put the pads on either side of the safety bars. That way when you set the bar down, for a second or two....it would not bang and bounce. The barbell rested on it more evenly.