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Lifting Tip: Pause Halfway in the Middle of Repetitions

When lifting your own body weight, dumbbells, or another muscle strengthening tool, full repetitions feel great. If you're looking to maximize your time and increase your strength though, give this a try. Instead of raising and lowering a weight (or your body weight) in one continuous motion, pause halfway in the middle of your repetitions. Pause halfway up, and then halfway down. It will actually save you time in your strength training sessions because it's an effective way to exhaust your muscles since you're not using momentum, so you'll end up needing to do less reps.


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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
My trainer told me it's not good to do this. By reducing the motion, the muscle may shorten, and may lose it's range of motion. Well, that's his professional opinion. That's why he always stressed on full range of motion, done mindfully and deliberately.
Loren02 Loren02 8 years
i will try it tonight!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great idea!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Good tip!
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