By Susan Howard
Recently I returned from a fitness conference where I took several courses and workouts from some of the top minds in fitness, the P90X guy (Tony Horton) to the Gatorade research folks, to the industry leaders in kinesology and body testing.
One presenter that had a big impact on me was this quirky guy from the University of New Mexico (of course) talking about eccentric movement.
What is eccentric movement and why do I care about it?
Eccentric is the opposite of concentric, so in a bicep curl the concentric is the “up” movement when you contract the muscle and the eccentric is when you elongate it towards the pull of gravity.
I signed up for the class to learn more because, contrary to conventional wisdom, the contraction part of a move is not nearly as important as the eccentric part and I wanted to know more.
Here’s what I got. You will garner 40 percent better results by focusing on the eccentric ..read more