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Old 08-05-2008, 05:46 AM   #1
Maurice Moss
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Muscle under tension/Negative reps.

I read a small article the other day that recommended a 4 second negative rep on whichever resistance exercise you're doing, followed by an explosive positive rep. Anyone know of any downsides to practising this? Alternatively, does anyone know of a more effective way of timing your reps if the aim is to increase strength? If not I'll start aiming towards it with my bench, pullups, and squats. Cheers in advance.
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:31 AM   #2
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Re: Muscle under tension/Negative reps.

Slow negatives kill the stretch reflex for eccentric/concentric lifts, probably not the best idea. I'm personally of the opinion that when weight training you should never "do it slow", ie, tempoed lifting, if you train slow, you'll be slow. The westside guys showed that the positive speed is directly proportional (if not equal to) the speed of the negative on the big lifts. For bodyweight stuff that you can't quite get (muscle up, pull up, HSPU), it might be ok, but for big lifts, seems like a bad idea.
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:30 AM   #3
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Re: Muscle under tension/Negative reps.

I don't think it's necessary for bodyweight stuff either.
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