So my studio recently became a testing ground for what just may be the future of exercise. What if you could train a muscle to total exhaustion, safetly, without the aid of spotters to save a large weight from crushing your skull? Intrigued? Read on…While Efficient Exercise has been on the cutting edge, using training equipment to perform negative-only work without Superman and the Hulk as your training partners, there is still a strain on the trainer. On top of that, while negative-only work is where the majority of the microtrauma occurs, the positive portion is extremely beneficial…just look at olympic lifters and bicyclists who perform nothing but positives and are built to the hilt! This new equipment aims to solve these dilemmas, safetly providing the maximum possible resistence at every point in the range of motion with total safety. Take a look:
The last video is of Dr. Doug McGuff training just before giving a presentation about his new book, Body by Science. The good doctor can take a beating! What you see in the video is a meter measuring force output at all points in the range of motion. It’s very interesting to see how leverage drastically changes on the squat and deadlift, especially for long-limbed athletes.
Is this the end-all, be-all of training? That depends. Can it be a part of your macrocycle if your goals are hypertrophy? Absolutely. I also look forward to the amount of bone I’ll put on my old ladies who come to me because of osteoperosis but have a fear of lifting “heavy” because they believe themselves to be brittle (another discussion entirely). It’s the fleshing-out of the max contraction/time static contraction ideas in a safe, more effective manner. Get excited!