By: science-based fitness author Calvin Huynh
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Editor’s note: Thank you Calvin for this fantastic guest blog post! Readers, this is a summary of a video on the science of sticking points for Monthly Applications in Strength Sport, my research review alongside Greg Nuckols and Dr. Mike Zourdos where we write reviews of new studies, and produce video summaries of scientific concepts as they apply to bodybuilding, strength sport, life and lifting! If you want to regularly nerd out, please consider subscribing using the in-text link above. Enjoy!
Sticking points are annoying. Every lifter deals with them. If you’re a strength athlete, they could stall your powerlifting total for months and if you’re more hypertrophy focused, they could plateau you in key lifts, preventing you from applying overload.
A sticking point is the most challenging part of the lift. It’s also described as the point in which you fail if training to failure or attempting a new 1-rep max. This is the point in the lift that keeps you up at night whether it’s the lockout of a bench press or the initial pull of a deadlift where it feels like the bumper plates are glued to the ground.