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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Scott Andrew Bird

Scott Andrew Bird is a writer, photographer and a guy who just loves this stuff. He's been at home in front of a computer for more years than he cares to remember (OK, 34) and is now making amends for years of many mistakes noted in the De-constructing Computer Guy articles (part 2) on T-Nation.

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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...
Chin-ups and a few other things.I don't need much more of an indicator that I'm feeling less than 100% than missing a scheduled deadlift workout. That's exactly what happened on Monday, and with today's session also absent it feels like I've done little this week...
Short and sweet.Blessed with some lingering adductor soreness (of unknown origin, for the moment at least), today's workout was of the 'short and sweet' variety. Slightly reduced weights and a respectable timeframe etc. Once again the Zercher squats opened the attack, complete...


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