The Weak Link Analogy

There is a popular maxim in strength training: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In other words, you're

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only as strong in an exercise as you are in the weakest part of its range of motion (also known as the sticking point). This maxim, however, fails to take into account the fact that you have a choice in the matter; you don't have to train in your weakest range of motion.

With full-range repetitions, you're restricted to how much overload you can impose on your muscles due to the leverage deficiency, even though your muscles are capable of handling, in most cases, hundreds more pounds in the strongest range ot the movement than you're presently subjecting them to. If your muscles are capable of lifting 500 pounds for 20 repetitions, yet the most you ever work out with is 150 for the same amount of reps, what reason has your body to alter its present muscle size? Obviously none, even if you "progress" by adding 1 or 2 repetitions or even 10 pounds to the exercise. The reason is that the level of muscular output is still well below what you're capable of.

If you remain locked into the notion that you must perform full-range movements (usually because that's the way "everybody else" performs them), maximum gains in the form of rapid increases in strength and muscle mass will never be forthcoming. Instead, you must think in terms of what your muscles are capable ot handling in their strongest range of motion, not their weakest one. If you remain in the weak mode, then you'll only progress as quickly as your weakest link does, which is exasperat-ingly slow at best.

Health and Fitness 101

Health and Fitness 101

Self-improvement is a thing which you must practice throughout your life because once you started to believe that you are perfect then, things will start to become complex. You need to know that no one is perfect and no one can be perfect.

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