Blast from the Past : Partials


Paul Anderson
Paul Anderson's idea of a partial squat. Beautiful.
Over the past four years this site's amassed an enormous amount of content. To help you find the highlights, I'll be taking a wander through the archives each Sunday.
This week - Partials.

Partials are great things. Performing lifts through only part of the usual range of motion can yield tremendous benefits; enabling you to work with heavier weights, enjoy a greater grip element and focus on weaknesses in your technique.

To highlight the beauty of the partial, here are a few gems from the archives :


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Kettlebell Swinging.

Time for a bit of outdoor work.

Return of the Quads.With my hamstrings and adductors still a little tender from Friday's Zercher Deadlifts, it seemed like a good time to put a bit more focus on the quads. This began with an exercise that always seems to be relegated to...
Revenge of the Zercher Deadlift.Zercher Deadlift.It seems that the unadulterated fun of the Zercher Deadlift cannot be restricted to a single week, and I sampled their delights again today. If last week is any indication, I can expect to spend the next two days walking around as if I've been riding a horse just a bit too often.
Dimel Deadlift.This exercise was employed to great effect by powerlifter Matt Dimel (hence the name), who used it to help move his squat from a respectable 820lb to a massive 1010lb in just two years. This lift is similar to the main part of a Romanian deadlift. Using a narrow stance, medium overhand grip (at the rings) and a comparitively light weight (30-40% of your deadlift 1RM), stand up with an arched back. Squat down with the glutes pushed back, not letting the knees travel forward. Lower the bar quickly to just below the knees; then return explosively to an upright stance. The entire movement should be fast, and is usually done with reasonably high reps (20 or so).


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