Eccentric training – Mon 4.25.16
For the strength today, let’s focus on eccentric training. Eccentric training is when you purposely slow down the negative part (eccentric phase) of a lift. So rather than speeding through a rep to get the work done, you purposely, slowly lower the bar. This should take you 3-5 seconds. The problem with lifting too quickly is that you end up relying on momentum, which minimizes tension and overload on the muscles. Plus you run the risk of getting hurt.
The positive part (concentric phase) of the lift , should be done quickly. That means you want to try to do it as fast as possible, ideally within 1-2 seconds. You literally want to explode the weight off of the ground.
Strength: Bulgarian Split Squat 5-5-5-5-5 (5 reps each leg/ each set)
Lower for 3-5 (real) seconds till knee touches floor, then explode up!
– Performance/ Fitness: Bar on back
– Health: Hold KBs to the side
*This is simply a 1-legged squat with the rear foot elevated on a bench or box. Place a barbell behind the neck as you would for a back squat. Place what will be your front foot about 3 foot-lengths in front of a bench or box, and place the top of your rear foot on the top of the bench or box—this is your starting position. Adjust the distance of your front foot from the bench as needed to make sure the front shin is about vertical in the bottom of the squat. With a controlled speed, bend at the knee to lower yourself with an upright trunk until the rear knee lightly contacts the floor (don’t let it hit the floor or rest on the floor), then stand again pushing more through the front heel than the balls of the foot. Maintain the position of the front knee over the foot—don’t let it collapse inward or push it excessively outward. Perform the total number of reps on one leg before switching to the other leg. The farther forward the front foot, the more the exercise will rely on the posterior chain and stretch the rear hip flexors; the farther back the front foot, the more the exercise will rely on the quads. FOCUS ON THE POSTERIOR CHAIN!
Conditioning: For time:
Reps of 21-15-9:
– Kettlebell Swings (Performance: greater than 53/35#, Fitness: 53/35#, Health: 35-44/18-26#)
– Ring Dips (Performance: Muscle up into each set, Fitness: Rx’d, Health: ring push up or variation of choice)
– Box Jumps – games style (Performance: 30/24″, Fitness: 24/20″, Health: land in power position)