Using Eccentric Exercise for Specific Goals

December 01, 2015 by NCSF 0 comments

Concentric, eccentric and isometric muscular contractions are often taught and thought about as parts of a whole – in reference to an exercise from start to finish. However, exercises can be modified to include only concentric, eccentric or isometric muscle action based on the client’s goals and needs. Concentric-only actions are often used for improving power and acceleration; isometric actions are frequently used for improving stability or endurance; while eccentric actions can serve a number of specific needs related to performance, muscular health and tissue recovery. An eccentric contraction occurs as a muscle is forcibly elongated to decelerate a load under control. They often occur as a byproduct during standard training programs, as part of dynamic muscular actions, but exercise professionals should recognize the uses and benefits of eccentric-specific training. This way they can exploit it properly when it fits the needs of program design.

Here are a few basic applications for eccentric training:

When used appropriately, eccentric training can complement a training program and aid in achieving trainer-client goals. While initially made popular by strength athletes looking to maximize force production, using the above methods are viable options in personal training.


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