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    Squat lockout

    I was wondering for squats when you are comming up are you supposed to lock out your leg and have it straight or still maintain a bend in your knees.
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    Not locking out will keep the tension on the quads throughout the ROM.
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    JMANN is right about not-locking out keeping the stress on your quads. When i do my squats, i will try to not lockout until I can not do another rep without locking out. I will then lock out for a few seconds so i can squeeze out a few additional reps.
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    Originally Posted by blink_cm
    I was wondering for squats when you are comming up are you supposed to lock out your leg and have it straight or still maintain a bend in your knees.
    It depends on your goals. If you are an aspiring powerlifter, then it would sport-specific to lock-out. If you have bodybuilding aspirations, some maintain a bend in their knees for increased time under tension.
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