Do you think eccentrics just that little bit different to isometrics and concentrics physiologically? All these contraction types are modulated by the same contractile machinery, so there should be no difference. Or is there?
Another question. How do you train eccentric strength? When I think about training eccentrically, four different types of training come to mind as shown on the slide. These methods all dial up or dial down the “big three” I talked to previously – force-length-velocity. That is, accentuated eccentric loading (AEL) can be performed at different parts of the force-velocity and/or force-length curves to produce differential adaptation in maximal strength, hypertrophy, connective tissue quality and quantity, shift in optimum length (SOPL), and elastic potentiation.
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