Two squat moves to file away for those days when you want to challenge your legs but you don’t wanna squat heavy. Both will force you to perfect your squat mechanics, and by default they prevent any bounce laziness at the bottom.
1) half-full squats: these came recommended from ex-Giants OL @bigboof77 a few years ago when I wanted a new toy for leg day, and they’re a strong low-load opening leg move. I’m only using 135 here, focusing on pausing at each stage of each rep. Finding the halfway pause point forces a slow rise out of the hole, then you get to explode on the full rep. Think 3-4 sets of 5-8 reps.
2) front rack squat hold count ups: this one is a finisher. Basically you’re dropping into the squat, holding for a count before standing, then another squat with a 2-count, then 3...etc. It’s time-under-tension here, and that front rack position forces strong core activation too. Think 3 sets, aiming to reach 8 counts.
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