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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    bicep curl negatives?

    have any of you tried bicep curl negatives. I dislike doing curls cause I never really see much gain from them to be honest. My arms have gotten bigger just by eating more and doing compounds. But recently I started doing 3x5 bicep curl negatives after my chinups and I feel like they really torch my bicep. I've already seen a little growth on them and I hope it should keep up with more work.

    Basically grab a barbell that is way too heavy to curl and sorta reverse grip clean it up to the 'up' position (kinda hard to explain but you use momentum to get it up). Then lower it down SLOWLY (like 4-5 seconds for the eccentric lower). Then 'clean' it back up and repeat 4 more times. Damn they torch my biceps.

    anybody tried em

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    Yeah I've done them... I've done 4 sets of 6 after 2 supersets of preacher curls, cable curls, and chin ups...
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    Yea, you can do them to improve the eccentrically contracted muscles. And eccentric contracting is what is most responsible for doms so thats why they're feeling "torched"
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasG View Post
    Yea, you can do them to improve the eccentrically contracted muscles. And eccentric contracting is what is most responsible for doms so thats why they're feeling "torched"
    I understand that an eccentric contracting is one that's considered a negative because the weight is causing the muscle to lengthen, but i don't understand how you are getting that it is the cause of DOMS?

    Granted an eccentric contraction produces a much higher force than a concentric contraction, but DOMS is a result of the break down of muscle fibers or a response to a new exercise (which would still be a result of the breakdown of muscle fibers) which is caused by both eccentric and concentric movement contractions.
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    I've done them. I liked it, good useful technique

    Here is an article about how to catch up your lagging body part (you could try it on biceps)

    http://www.36pounds.com/2009/04/14/h...st-body-parts/

    Best of luck

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