Jul 052016

A really good article by Eric Bach over at T Nation on how to how to smash through sticking points and plateaus in the squat and deadlift.

How to Smash Sticking Points and Plateaus

Here’s what you need to know…

  1. The conventional wisdom is to add more volume to bust through a strength plateau. However, what works in theory doesn’t always work in real world practice.
  2. The real enemies are specific weaknesses, like missing a lockout on a deadlift because you can’t extend your hips. To fix it, you need to strengthen the weak point directly and improve body tension.
  3. After strengthening your sticking points with heavy weights, increase the total stress on the muscle with submaximal loading. This will build strength, stability, and awareness.
  4. You’re only as strong as your weakest link. You need to hammer your weak-points with high-tension specific lifts to push your leg training forward.

Getting stuck on a lift is part of the game. You crush your squats and deadlifts, day in and day out, and then, wham! Homeostasis. Your strength gains stop dead in their tracks. Sticking points are the plague of high-performance bodies… unless you do something about them.

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