Thursday, April 17, 2014
Moving weights and making muscles work
Most people don't seem to understand the difference between moving weights through space, and make the muscle do the work.
These are two very different concepts, but applied correctly will really pay dividends.
Movements like squats and deadlifts are about moving weight through space. Same for most pressing movements. Especially barbell pressing.
However for movements like pulldowns, rows, db chest presses, flyes, laterals, leg curls, etc those are "making the muscle do the work" movements.
There's no point in trying to do extremely heavy laterals. The whole point of the movement is to build the side delts. If you start cheating the weight because you're going too heavy, the traps and other areas of the upperback end up getting too heavily involved.
Remember why you are using a certain movement, and what you are using it for.
In all reality, the same applies for rows as well. Why would you do doubles and triples in a row? You're trying to build your back.
Understanding these concepts will help you to not only get stronger, but grow larger. When you watch very experienced bodybuilders they have a distinct connection with making the muscle do work. That's a significant part of why they grow massive. Because they understand the ol "mind muscle" connection, and actually concentrate on the eccentric and concentric portions of the movement.
Be powerful and explosive when moving weight through space. But be controlled in your movements when trying to make a particular muscle do the work.