So this will likely be aimed more at the power lifting types here, but I have a question on this "fad" I see happening in my new gym. This partial ROM is about the most ridiculous thing I have seen. Mainly on squats and bench is where I see it, but there is a pull and hold technique used on deads. They set the safety bars at a height so they can only go down about 3-4 inches and then load the bar up heavy- this is for squats and bench. With deads, they load it up to a weight that they can get it up to their thighs and then they just stand and hold it for 10 seconds or so and then drop it. I just don't get it because without the range, what are you doing? Also, it can't be to break through a barrier as they barely move the weight but a couple inches.
So what is the deal? Is this place filled with knuckleheads or is there some method to the madness? They are all bigger dudes that obviously have been at this for awhile.