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What’s the best way to do paused squats?
“Adding a pause or tempo is a great way to change up your workout while doing a main lift such as a squat,” says Meg Furstoss, M.S., NSCA-C.S.C.S., co-founder of Precision Sports Performance in East Hanover, NJ. With this exercise, you’ll lower down slowly in a count of five, come to a complete stop for one count at the bottom, then drive through your feet to press back to standing position.
Set up for a tempo or pause squat the same way you would for a traditional back, front, or goblet squat, says Furstoss. However, since you’re creating more time under tension, you’ll need to adjust your set-to-rep ratio and weight accordingly. A pause squat is typically more challenging than a traditional version, so your rep count should be lower when using the same weight, she notes.
As with all new exercises, start conservatively and progress accordingly.