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November 1, 2011 / mybodynbalance

What the heck is CONCENTRIC?? Or ECCENTRIC??

When you perform a full repetition of any exercise you move through two phases: concentric (positive phase) and eccentric (negative phase)  The concentric phase is when your muscle “shortens” to lift the weight The eccentric is when the muscle “lengthens” to lower the weight.

Most people think that it’s the “lifting” of the weight that builds the muscle, when in actuality, to maximize strength & muscle gains, you need to emphasize the eccentric phase…by returning the weight in a slow and controlled manner.
NO SWINGING!!  Keep this in mind and you should find yourself stronger & more defined in no time 🙂

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