When we are I between strength cycles that are focused on developing specific qualities or lifts, I like to incorporate strength movements with isometrics in the disadvantageous part of the movement. I do this for a few different reasons:
- it removes the athletes ability to utilize the stretch shortening cycle by “bouncing” out of the bottom of the squat. This helps develop more starting strength which carries over to the Olympic lifts very well because they are concentric based movements when performed off the floor
- it develops strength in the weakest portion of the movement where the muscle is stretched to its longest length. The deeper the isometric is performed the more it will carry over to the whole range of motion of the movement.
- lastly it will improve the athletes mobility in the bottom position, especially if the intensity of the movement is high because the will adapt and put itself in the strongest position to be able to complete the lift after the pause