The Natural Range

Outside of the gym, virtually no one uses a full range of motion. Partial reps are more in keeping with the natural range of motion that our muscles utilize on a day-to-day basis. They are the safest types of repetitions to perform, and—more to the point—they produce fantastic results. A sprinter, for example, can develop his or her legs quite w ell simply by running, which is patently a partial-range exercise. Again, we can't stress too strongly that nowhere has it been empirically established that performing exercises over an exaggerated, or "full range," of motion will stimulate more muscle fibers. The analogy of the sprinter should establish conclusively that you don't need to touch your butt to your heels (as, for example, when squatting) in order to stimulate size increases in your thighs. By locking yourself into the notion that you should utilize only full-range movements in your training, you'll only become as strong as your weakest link in the movement will allow. Your true maximum strength capacity, maximum fiber recruitment, and maximum size potential will be left almost completely untapped and unfulfilled.

Our bodies were not designed to lift weights according to the strict requirements of man-made games. Consequently, when you lift a weight by these artificial rules of range, you end up selling your muscles short in developing maximum size and strength. Your muscles are capable of doing almost any job you require of them, but exaggerations of form or full-range rules may prevent them from doing the weight-lifting job of which they are capable and may even cause injury.

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