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Some personal trainers may come out with lots of complex phrases to make you think that they know what they are doing. At Diets Don’t Work we always like to explain these phrases to our clients as part of their ongoing education; it’s better to give someone a fishing rod and show them how to use it than to give them a fish.
The key term today is Eccentric. Usually pronounced eee-centric it does not mean doing squats with a kilt on. The eccentric part of an exercise is the movement where the muscle fibres are lengthening under tension, so the part of a squat where you lower yourself downwards before pushing back up. This eccentric phase of exercise (also sometimes known as the ‘negative’ part of a repetition) is harder for the muscles than the positive, pushing or concentric section, causing more damage to muscle fibres. It is thus the most important part of the exercise and should always be done in a slow controlled manner. A 2 second count is a good guide. Super slow repetitions over 4 seconds or more are also really effective and provide a good variation to your workout.