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Should You Go to the Gym Less?

A recent study suggests that “one type of muscle contraction is most effective at increasing muscle strength and muscle size — and rather than lifting weights, the emphasis should be on lowering them.” The study found that participants who emphasized the lowering of their weight and performed half the repetitions saw the same improvements as those raising and lowering weights. How do we put this into practice? Professor Nosaka recommends “using two hands to help with the concentric (lifting weight) phase, before using one arm for the eccentric phase (lowering weight), when performing: Bicep curls, Overhead extension, Front raise, Shoulder press.” 

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The ideas expressed here are solely the opinions of the author and are not researched or verified by AGEIST LLC, or anyone associated with AGEIST LLC. This material should not be construed as medical advice or recommendation, it is for informational use only. We encourage all readers to discuss with your qualified practitioners the relevance of the application of any of these ideas to your life. The recommendations contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You should always consult your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or stopping any treatment that has been prescribed for you by your physician or other qualified health provider. Please call your doctor or 911 immediately if you think you may have a medical or psychiatric emergency.

Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.