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Slow and Controlled – TotalBodyLab

Slow and Controlled

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Are by far my most favorite words when teaching people how to make the most out of their time at the gym. Having a powerlifting background, I know how tempting it is to just drop the heavy ass weight after you have picked it up, no matter the exercise. Especially during complex lifts - deadlift, squat, cleans, exc. Your grip loosens, you're afraid to waste energy and not make the new PR...

Why though?

Mussels have 40% more strength for eccentric motions (releasing the weight, or negative reps) vs concentric (when the muscle contracts while pulling or pushing)! We have all seen, and mainly heard those people banging the barbells on the floor, dropping the dumbbells after their bicep curls... 

Completely disregarding the fact that they can build more endurance and strength if they spent the extra second LOWERING the weight slowly and CONTROLLED. Plus, be nice to the barbell. It doesn't like to be thrown on the floor, and your dumbbells falling all over the place can hurt a foot of your buddy standing next to ya.

Be patient, respect the barbell and do slow negative reps!

If you want to learn how to do pullups in a month using negative reps, comment below!

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