Sticking points can be one of the most frustrating things a weightlifter, powerlifter or bodybuilder can go through. After months of intense training there can be nothing to show for it in the way of size or strength increases. How do we work past a sticking point?
Using the barbell curl as an example, the bar usually stops at midpoint in a maximum attempt or during a training set. This is due to the extreme leverage swings during the lift. The maximum resistance level is experienced at this point. This limits the amount of weight that can be used during the exercise even though additional resistance could be used at other zones.
There are several methods to break through sticking points. I will highlight some here.
- Partial zone reps
Do 2-3 sets of 6-8 reps.
- Lighter training
- Train helper muscles
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