Some general lifting questions

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Post by Matt Z » Tue Nov 21, 2006 1:45 pm

Might also be a good idea to add a second type of row.

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Post by Ryan A » Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:39 pm

To answer your question about being more explosive in a way perhaps different than Ironman's. If you lower the weight slowly and under control, then you have to work less to stop the weight because you are doing it over a longer period of time. This doesnt really train a lot besides control in my opinion. It can be beneficial if you are going to be doing supermaximal lifting where you cant let the weight move fast or else it will crush you, and also if you have to pause at the bottom as is the case in some powerlifting federations.

Having said that, I think most agree you should be trying to move the weight as fast as possible on the way up, regardless of what your application is. That is one part of being "explosive". What most people don't understand is that there is a big difference between reactivity and explosivness. So in case you actually mean reactive, I will comment on that.

As long as you train safely within your known performance, you can lower the weight as fast as possible and try to slow it down in as small a distance as possible. Doing so, loads the muscles with large amount of kinetic energy and if you are trained to handle that energy it can be released in the concentric portion of the lift. This is akin to jumping when athletes quickly lower their center of gravity to store kinetic energy in the posterior chain and then absorb the energy to increase their jump height. Highly trained athletes can actually jump higher after stepping off a high altitude because they convert all of the potential energy (of being higher) into kinetic energy as they absorb and redirect the energy. This is truly amazing and is something worth training if you need this type of ability in whatever you are pursuing.

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Post by Bananas » Thu Nov 23, 2006 8:17 pm

thanks for the info guys

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