# 7 Partial Holds
A main school of thought when exercising is that you should be doing the full range of motion on each exercise. While this is generally a good idea, partial holds go against this practice and require that you do no motion. The partial hold technique requires you to take your weight and hold it in a specific position for several seconds. This forces the muscle to work when it is at its maximally contracted point, allowing for maximum growth. It’s pretty much a form of negatives that requires no movement of the weight. You are just going to overload your muscle at the specific point in the exercise where your muscle is weakest. Ideally this will strengthen your muscle at this point and allow for more growth. Partial holds are not always applicable to all types of exercises. They are used best with isolation and machine exercises that allow you to hold and focus on the point of muscle contraction. Not only will these exercises be effective at stimulating growth, but they’ll also help when you return to doing full range of motion exercises.
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What are the ideal characteristics of a bodybuilder’s body?
People go into bodybuilding for different reasons. Some engage in weightlifting exercises to lose weight and build muscle mass to improve their looks.
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I can relate to the partial holds that were part of your tips. I generally do this on my last set to help fatigue the muscles, and work them to their maximum capacity.
Hey Pete, for sure it’s a great tactic… Thanks for stopping by!
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