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Pin Bench & Squat - how much (if any) to 'relax' at the bottom?

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  • Pin Bench & Squat - how much (if any) to 'relax' at the bottom?

    I searched the forums, and watched the template video and a Mike T video, but couldn't determine how much (if any) to relax at the bottom of the pin squat and bench, when the bar touches. I just reached the point in the Bridge where they are prescribed and wasn't sure, so 'relaxed' and let 100% of the weight hit the pins, and then proceeded up. Is this correct, or should it be something like staying tight and letting 90% of the weight hit the pins?

  • #2
    I wouldn't think of it as "relaxing." You're setting the bar on the pins, but staying tight. Contact with the pins comes from range of motion (going deep enough to set the weight down), not release of tension.

    Hope this helps.


    • #3
      You should be completely unloaded at the bottom of a pin squat or bench, but you should not really "relax" because you need to be tight when you lift the weight off the pins. Thus the challenge of pin work, IMO