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    Concentric vs Eccentric contraction

    I learned that Eccentric contractions (negatives) are supposed to be better for strength and hypertrophy than the regular concentric. As a result, I heard that it is better to slowly lower the weight and then lift it up quicker.

    I do incorporate negatives at times and do maintain control on my lifts.

    Does anyone do this? Results?
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    Negatives are good...when used sparingly. Otherwise, it's a great way to achieve premature fatigue.
    Bodybuilding is 60% training and 50% diet. Yes that adds up to 110%, because that's what you should be giving it. Change the inside, and the physique will follow.
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    Originally Posted by DJAuto View Post
    Negatives are good...when used sparingly. Otherwise, it's a great way to achieve premature fatigue.
    Sparingly because bc they break down muscle more effectively?
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    Originally Posted by adosh View Post
    Sparingly because bc they break down muscle more effectively?
    No...because it leads to premature fatigue (and neural fatigue)...
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    Originally Posted by adosh View Post
    I learned that Eccentric contractions (negatives) are supposed to be better for strength and hypertrophy than the regular concentric.
    Where did you 'learn' this?

    Originally Posted by adosh View Post
    As a result, I heard that it is better to slowly lower the weight and then lift it up quicker.
    I think that's for other reasons, like acceleration being a good skill, and an eccentric too fast lets momentum build up in the stretched position which can be risky for injuries.

    Originally Posted by adosh View Post
    I do incorporate negatives at times and do maintain control on my lifts. Does anyone do this? Results?
    I mostly do this for pull ups, in the past I've found they helped, my lack of progress is mostly due to laziness at not training often enough and eating ****.
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    Originally Posted by adosh View Post
    I learned that Eccentric contractions (negatives) are supposed to be better for strength and hypertrophy than the regular concentric. As a result, I heard that it is better to slowly lower the weight and then lift it up quicker.
    no, lift up & down using same speed. both pos & neg are equally important.
    the difference is that u are 30-40% stronger during the neg, so unless u overload the neg phase with an extra 30-40% resistance you are simply spending more time in an underloaded condition by performing a slow neg each rep.
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