The pause test

10.43 Most trainees lift and lower the resistance too fast. When doing the exercises listed in this book you should be able to stop each at any point, hold the weight briefly, and then continue. In an intensive set you will probably not be able to pause and get your target reps, depending on which rep you paused. ^e idea is that you could pause as a demonstration of control. Perform the pause test every few weeks, to check your control.

10.44 ^e more intensive any given set is, and the harder the reps become, the more critical it is that you pay attention to the negative (or lowering) portion of each rep. If you lower the bar slightly out of the groove you will be out of the groove on the positive (or lifting) portion, too, and risk missing the next rep and/ or hurting yourself.

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