You all know my big thing is knowing why you do things. A lot of that is because of how often I’ll be looking for answers, and the info I get back just doesn’t pass the common sense test.
And, some of that costs year of training on my end. In this case, it’s about getting past the sticking point.
So, let’s look at this from a common-sense point of view.
Breaking it down with middle school physics, when an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.
This applies to weightlifting too, so what’s the sticking point?
It’s when something is impeding your motion to keep the weight moving in the direction you are trying to move the weight.
Now, this could be a multitude of things, but it’s typically only one of two, and often combined into one problem.
The problem of a loss of leverage or the second, a change in what muscle is performing the movement.
Our bodies are more complicated than we normally give them credit. Meaning that as we go through the full range of motion, we often switch which muscles are the primary movers. This is because of the leverages of each muscle being changed throughout that movement.
The problem is a little simplified because when weightlifting, your leverage can’t change much, because exercises are done in specific ways.
So, we can’t do much about leverage without sacrificing optimal movement patterns. So this comes down to either strengthening the muscle that our body is switching the primary mover to or learning to use momentum to push through your body’s leverage transitions.
So why should you care? Because for all those that are doing training to get past their sticking points, that’s what you need to be training. Either the weak muscle or practicing using momentum to push through that sticking point.