Dr. Joel Seedman, Ph.D. As many of you know I’m an ardent advocate for improving body mechanics, technique, & muscle function. The best way to do this is by performing the basic foundational movement patterns consistently & frequently with eccentric ...

Simply grab bands or cables (i.e. laying in between two cable columns), attach them to your wrists or forearms using wrists straps or arm slings (typically used for hanging leg raises) and perform dumbbell chest presses.  The force of the ...

This supramaximal loading also produces post activation potentiation (increased neural drive and motor unit recruitment) from the inordinately heavier loads.  Rather than terminating the set here, you’ll use this potentiation to elicit a greater hypertrophy response.  Simply follow the supramaximal ...

Dr. David LaPlaca earned his PhD in Kinesiology with a cognate in Nutrition from the University of Georgia, where he completed his dissertation “The Characteristics that Differentiate Expert, Competent, and Beginner Strength and Conditioning Coaches.”  David has over seven years ...

With this exact setup I was unable to perform the concentric (up phase) on one leg due to the unique impact of the band (discussed below), but I did have the ability to perform the concentric with both legs down ...

10. Push during the eccentric phase. Similar to any other movement, lock in the eccentric phase by recruiting the antagonist muscles as this create eccentric-induced co-contraction. For the vertical pulling motion that means firing the shoulders, upper, chest, and triceps ...

Fortunately bodyweight workouts are perfect for this form of training since you’ll be focusing on many single leg variations and bodyweight core stabilization drills. Learn how to implement this tip with our awesome BODYWEIGHT WORKOUTS. 17. Don’t Mindlessly Blow Out ...

10 Tips for Loaded Carries 1. Maintain proper gait alignment throughout by having the feet perfectly straight (or very slightly internally rotated) and semi-inline.  This maximizes torque into the floor, stability, and body alignment while minimizing energy leaks. Imagine walking ...

6. Produces greater grip and forearm activation as the lifter is required to grip the weights more forcefully to control the load.  This helps with joint packing and joint stability as well as concurrent activation potentiation (increased neural drive to ...

So yes, the overcoming isometric should feel powerful and forceful while also producing significant intramuscular tension on the targeted musculature. Lower or higher positions can also be employed periodically to work on specific sticking points that lifters may experience on certain ...