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From a practical standpoint, the way you rectify the contradiction is to lower into the squat slowly and only in the last fraction of the descent you speed up for the quick rebound. This allows for the descent to be slow and controlled. Slow and controlled is beneficial for eccentric loading and time-under-tension. And the quick rebound at the bottom allows ...


#2 is incorrect. Descending faster makes better use of the stretch-reflex, and allows an elastic-like rebound to occur.


The best way I can describe it is to breathe deeply into your belly - not your chest. Then imagine that someone is about to punch you in the stomach. The natural human reaction to someone who is going to punch you in the stomach is to kind of suck your gut “in and up.” Also, in the squat, I like to contract my lats a bit as that helps keep the lower back ...

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