Is SuperSlow Inferior To Traditional Repetition Speeds?

A recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (1) claims SuperSlow is less effective for muscular hypertrophy than traditional reps.  Thirty four women were divided into four groups, a SuperSlow (SS) group, a traditional strength (TS) group, a traditional endurance (TE) group, and a non-exercising control (C) group. Each group performed […]

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Don’t Confuse The Force-Velocity Curve With Newton’s Second Law

I recently received a barrage of messages from someone questioning statements I made in my article on the force-velocity curve. He claims I do not understand basic physical principles because he confuses the force-velocity curve with Newton’s second law of motion, which are completely different things. He then builds on his confusion of this in an attempt to make […]

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Very Slow Versus Normal Negative-Emphasized Repetitions

Last week I wrote about Ellington Darden’s 30/30/30 negative-emphasized protocol and my initial impressions of it. Since then, I’ve done one other workout using the protocol, which was equally intense, but highlighted some of the problems with both very slow repetitions and starting with the negative on some exercises. Ellington came up with the 30/30/30 […]

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Thoughts On The Force-Velocity Curve And Implications For Training

The amount of force your muscles are capable of producing varies with both the type and velocity of contraction because of differences in cross-bridge mechanics and the rate at which cross-bridges can be formed. This is known as the force-velocity curve. When you lift a weight your muscles contract concentrically, heads on the myosin filaments attach […]

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