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"Go negative" trainer says

Apr 11th, 2012

Most weight work involves concentric and dynamic exercises in which muscles are shortened as they work. But eccentric exercise shouldn't be forgotten, said Len Kravitz, an exercise researcher at the University of New Mexico, a the recent American College of Sports Medicine's 16th annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in Las Vegas.




Eccentric exercise occurs when muscles lengthen to lower a load. One simple example of eccentric exercise: walking downhill. Eccentric exercise provides several unique features in athletic conditioning, Kravitz said. These types of exercises can be especially useful for people who have hit a plateau in their workouts. But remember, injury and soreness can occur with eccentric exercise.