PARALLEL PAUSE SQUAT

Exercise Instructions:

  1. Place your feet where you’d put them if I asked you to jump as high as you could. This is your natural position for maximum power, so start there and make slight adjustments if necessary.
  2. Load the bar onto your back, and slowly lower yourself to the bottom position of a squat.
  3. DO NOT go “ass to grass”, there is no tension at the bottom of an ATG squat. Aim for parallel. This will ensure your quads are fully engaged.
  4. Hold a pause at this position, keeping your core tight and fighting against the urge to let your knees cave.
  5. Power up from a dead stop at the bottom of the rep by driving your feet into the ground HARD, and pushing your hips forward to complete the rep.

Muscles Worked:

Full body.