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Pause Reps – Outdated College Gymnasium


“Pause Reps for true power and stability”

Have you ever ever watched somebody bench press a powerful weight however seen them bounce it off of their chest?  What concerning the man curling (within the squat rack in fact) 185lbs who swings it up after which simply let it drop? How about somebody taking a heavy weight right into a low squat however bouncing out of the underside place?

Whereas all 3 of those situations require power, in the event you prepare this fashion you’re lacking out on an necessary part of power coaching: the isometric contraction.  The isometric contraction refers to when muscular tissues tense and contract however don’t change size and there’s no motion inside the joint. Image that man doing the heavy bicep curl.  The concentric contraction of the bicep happens because the bicep shortens and the bar travels upward. An isometric contraction happens when the bar quits transferring on the high. And eventually, an eccentric contraction happens because the bicep lengthens and the load is lowered to the beginning place.

So if conventional weightlifting emphasizes primarily the concentric and eccentric contraction of the muscle by elevating and decreasing a weight, why ought to we be involved with the isometric contraction?  Properly for starters, research have proven that in isometric coaching the physique is ready to activate a better variety of motor items than another sort of coaching. Isometric coaching can be a good way to extend the Time Underneath Stress of every repetition by using pause reps.

Pause reps are essentially the most sensible (and helpful) method to implement isometric coaching into your coaching routine.  Conventional Isometric coaching includes pushing or pulling towards an immovable object at a hard and fast place for five – 10 seconds.  Utilizing the bench press for example, think about setting the rack pins on the half approach level and urgent towards the bar at max effort for five seconds.  Though this model is efficient and might be utilized even with no gear – pushing towards a wall for instance – I discover it to be an excessive amount of of a departure from my regular routine.  There’s one thing satisfying about transferring heavy weight through a variety of movement, and conventional isometric coaching takes that out of the equation. Pause reps are one of the best of each worlds, you get to maneuver some heavy weight whereas specializing in the isometric contraction at a set level within the motion.

Historically, a pause rep will likely be utilized on the level of an train the place the motion switches from eccentric to concentric, similar to when the bar touches your chest throughout a bench press.   A significant mistake I see when lifters use pause reps is enjoyable barely in the course of the pause – resting the bar on their chest or letting their hips get unfastened whereas holding the underside pause on a squat.  The hot button is to maintain every little thing tight for 3-5 seconds, urgent towards the bar because it sits in your chest although it isn’t transferring. It is a “transition pause”, essentially the most primary type of pause reps, and listed here are a couple of different variations:

Transition Pause– the isometric contraction is held on the level the place the motion adjustments from eccentric to concentric.  Instance: holding the pause on the backside of a bench press.

Iso-Lateral Pause – this can be a model of pause reps utilized on dumbbell actions.  One dumbbell is held in an isometric contraction whereas the opposite completes a full vary of movement.  Sometimes the load is held on the transition pause, and the reps are alternated forwards and backwards as you full all sides.  Instance: curl each dumbbells to the highest, then maintain one in place as you full a full vary of movement curl with the opposite. As soon as the transferring curl returns to the highest place, maintain it in place as you curl the opposite aspect.

Eccentric Pause– make the most of one or a number of pauses at completely different intervals whereas decreasing the load.  Instance: Serrano Pause squats, developed by my mentor Dr Eric Serrano, which make the most of 5 separate 3 second pauses on the best way down, with the final one on the very backside of the squat.

Concentric Pause – pause in the course of the concentric portion of the motion.  Instance: Throughout a deadlift, pull the load off the ground then pause for 3 seconds when the bar is just under the knee earlier than ending the rep.

There are additionally a number of completely different methods for using Pause reps throughout a exercise.  You possibly can pause every rep of a set or simply the ultimate rep of every set. Every pause might be held for a set time of three to five seconds, or you may make the most of the Rep Maintain Technique, which is the place the size of the pause corresponds to the variety of the rep (the third rep is held for 3 seconds, the forth for 4 seconds, and so on.).  Combined set pauses make the most of pause reps on the primary 3-5 reps then end the set with a sure variety of common repetitions. Give this 3 day exercise break up a strive that includes all of those methods on a number of various kinds of pause reps.

Exercise #1

  1. Superset: 5 units

Deadlift – 3 reps (pause at knee top)

Pull Ups – 3 pause reps + 7 common

  1. T- Bar Row – 5 x 5 – pause solely on the ultimate rep for five seconds

  1. Seated Row – 3 x 10 pause on the primary rep for 10 seconds, 2nd rep for 9 seconds, and so on till you attain the ultimate rep for a 1 second pause.

  1. DB Iso-Curl – 3 x 5 all sides

  1. Plank Positions – 6 minutes whole

This exercise begins with a superset of Deadlift and Pull-Ups.  Make the most of Concentric Pauses on the deadlift, pausing for 3 seconds when the bar is just under the knee.  After the pause focus on pushing your hips to the bar and squeezing your glutes as you full the motion.  Through the pull ups you’ll pause for five seconds on the high of the primary three reps, then full a further 7 reps.  Subsequent up is T-bar Row, the place you pause solely on the final rep. Through the units of Seated Row you’ll make the most of a “reverse Rep Maintain Technique”.  Pause the primary rep for 10 seconds, the second rep for 9 seconds, and hold moving into descending order till the tenth rep is held for a 1 second pause.  On each T-bar and Seated Row the pause is held on the “high” of the row when your scapula is totally retracted. To finish Dumbbell Iso-Curls, curl each dumbbells to the highest, then maintain one in place as you full a full vary of movement curl with the opposite.  As soon as the transferring curl returns to the highest place, maintain it in place as you curl the opposite aspect. After 3 units, end up with the final word check of core isometric power, a six minute plank. Swap to aspect planks when needed, however maintain every place completely nonetheless for so long as potential.

Exercise #2

  1. DB Bench – 10, 5, 5, then 3 x 3 pause reps

  1. Superset: 5 units

DB Iso-Shoulder Press – 5 all sides

Iso-Shoulder Fly – 8 all sides

  1. Superset: 3 units

Shrugs – 10 reps utilizing the rep maintain methodology (variety of rep corresponds to the size of the pause.  Instance: rep 6 has a 6 second pause)

Dips – Max reps, pause for 3 seconds on the backside of every

  1. Iso Kick Backs – 3 units of 5 all sides + 5 common reps

  1. Push Ups – 3 x max reps, pause briefly 3 instances on the best way down of every rep

  1. Hanging L-Sit Holds – 3 x 5-10 seconds

Begin this exercise with a heat up set on dumbbell bench then 2 heavy units of 5, earlier than utilizing pause reps on the final 3 units of three reps.  Keep in mind to carry every little thing tight on the backside of the pause, don’t let the weights relaxation in your chest. Subsequent up is a superset of iso-lateral model shoulder press and Shoulder Flys.  Press each of the weights up and maintain on the half approach level. Press the opposite DB up, all the best way down, after which again to the middle. Alternate sides every rep. For the Flys, convey each DBs all the best way up, and hold one on the high place as you full a full vary of movement on the opposite aspect.  Make the most of the Rep Maintain Technique on Shrugs and superset that with Dips the place you pause on the backside. Subsequent up is Iso-Kick backs. I favor to do these laying face down and flat on a bench. Convey each elbows up and kick the weights again locking them into place. Alternate sides for five reps as you retain one aspect flexed.  End the set with 5 extra common kick backs. After your third set, full 3 units of Push Ups for max reps, using 3 Eccentric pauses on the best way down. The primary pause must be about 1/4 of the best way down, the second pause on the halfway level, and the third pause simply earlier than your chest would contact the ground.  Finish with 3 units of hanging L-Sit Holds of 5-10 seconds every.

Exercise #3

  1. Squats – 3 x 5 heat up units

   Serrano Pause Squats – 3 x 3, on every rep pause 5 separate instances for a 3 rely on the eccentric (decreasing) portion of the squat

  1. Cut up Squats – 5/5, 4/4, 3/3, 2/2, 1/1 – pause reps on final 3 units

  1. Superset:

Goblet Squat – 5 pause reps

Hamstring Bridge – 5 pause reps

  1. Reverse Hyper Extension:  3 x 10 reps, 3 second pause on the high

This exercise begins with 3 units of Squats, warming as much as a heavy weight earlier than beginning Serrano Pause Squats.  For a Serrano Squat you’ll pause 5 separate instances for 3 seconds on the best way down. The hot button is to try to area the pauses out at even intervals, in the event you put to a lot distance between them you will see your self out of room on the backside of your squat with 2 extra pauses to go.  Be certain to remain tight and steady, exploding up and out of the fifth pause. Subsequent up is 5 units of Bulgarian Cut up Squats using a 3 second pause on the backside of every rep of the final 3 units. Attempt to transfer up in weight every set. Subsequent, transition right into a superset of Goblet Squat and Hamstring Bridge.  For Goblet Squats, maintain a dumbbell or kettle bell at chest top and maintain the underside portion of the squat for five seconds. To finish a hamstring bridge, lay in your again with one foot up on a bench and the opposite leg straight up within the air. Push your hips up, aiming for a straight line from the knee through the hip to your shoulder, and pause on the high.  Finish with 3 units of Reverse Hyper Extension, pausing for 3 seconds along with your decrease again totally contracted on the high of every rep.

There you might have it, an ideal 3 day exercise plan that includes each sort of pause rep conceivable.  I like to recommend doing all 3 of the exercises in a row, then take 1 or 2 days of energetic restoration earlier than beginning with Exercise #1 once more.  Give it a pair weeks and this isometric focus could have you feeling stronger and extra steady than ever. You’ll be amazed at how mild  weight will really feel on “common” reps. Keep tuned to Muscle & Power for extra distinctive exercises and ensure to observe me on Instagram @coachmyers_gutcheck for every day motivation!

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