Does anyone use these often? This is from RDC's newsletter:
“I came up with the idea with my father in the middle to late 60's that pause squats would simulate the start of a sprint the best. So lo,and behold the Crain Pause Squats were born. We tried different types and lengths of pauses but came to the conclusion that one set of 3 second pauses, done to parallel and with the bar high on the neck/traps, after your regular squat workout worked the best. One would drop 50-100 pounds from their top sets and do that one set...and do it explosively. I had looked through virtually every book and magazine available from the previous 20-30 years and had never seen this type of exercise before so I was pretty sure I had an exercise that was going to prove vital to explosive running and powerlifting as well...and throughout my career it is the one exercise I have never backed off of no matter what the routine. I always had a set of pause squats in there.....and as far as I can tell....it worked and it worked well......”
This, however, is from the Doc on the topic of pausing BENCH (another thread):
“I'm not big on pausing anything! Except in competition where it's mandatory. Why train such a simple thing? Rules say to pause, you PAUSE! Wha????
See, availing yourself of the stretch reflex during training is important! DO it! Just before competition, figure out how to pause! Off-season and pre-competition trainong, BLOW the weights up! Forget pause! Remember, CHECKMARK! CAT!!!!!!”
Does anyone have any comments? Does the answer simply lie in periodising training, so pause squats would only be used at certain stages of the training cycle?