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Old 05-16-2004, 07:11 AM   #1
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Lifting Speed?

If I'm lifting weights how fast or slow should I go? Does it really matter? I always get accused of not doing anything in the weight room because I'm done so early. Thanks

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Old 05-16-2004, 09:13 AM   #2
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Re: Lifting Speed?

I'm not a fan of sitting around, resting.

So, I have figured: work at my own pace, working different muscles.
For example: right after I bench 8-10 reps, I then got to the ab machine, and then the back machine. Then repeat for 2 more complete sets (bench, ab, back).

It's getting 3 sets of three things without having to wait for much recovery. You can get a lot done this way. Just don't do the same routine everyday. Let the pecks, ab, and back muscles rest for ~48 hours while you work on something else (biceps, triceps, and shoulders). Add additional protein and time.

I does irk me when guys sit around the machines, talking, blah blah blah. Especially when the weightroom is so small, you can't afford to dominate a machine.

Old 05-16-2004, 09:27 AM   #3
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Re: Lifting Speed?

Thanks, but what I mean is, how fast or slow should each rep be?

Old 05-16-2004, 10:19 AM   #4
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Re: Lifting Speed?

That varies. If you're going for size, slow the reps down. Slow and controlled, slow emphasis eccentric movement. If you're going for more strength/explosive strength, you want quicker concentric movement and de-emphasize the eccentric. If you lift heavy, you will only go as fast as the weight will allow you to lift and still maintain control.
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