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Longer Or Shorter Lengths

Muscle and strength adaptations seem to be vector and angle specific. Muscles show greater long-term growth compared to other anatomical portions of fibers based on these factors when higher torque is applied. Muscle responses are directly related to the task practiced.

Training at longer muscle lengths is superior to shorter lengths in improving strength and hypertrophy.  Longer lengths alter joint moment arms, which provide a higher level of tension due to the stretch of the muscle and the mechanics of the movement.

Halfway Barbell Curl

Yet, in our system there are multiple muscular groups associated with specific movements and we train these muscular regions many ways with many exercises during workouts. This is important as it is difficult to isolate a specific muscle to elicit maximum adaptations based on vectors, angles and muscle lengths.

The best method of training for the best results is to have the highest torque in the final or initial degrees of movement and continue with a wide variety of exercises, always overloading during workouts – it’s the way we Get Strong!

Fully Range Barbell Curl


Getting Ahead of Extension

The tricep brachii is a single muscular unit with three distinct heads: the medial, the lateral and long heads. It functions as a powerful extensor of the upper extremity. Each head has a different fatigue rate and each head becomes...

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A morning workout on the Pendulum Rack System at the College Strength and Conditioning Show in Fort Worth, Texas. The strength coaches are Staying Strong. The Pendulum Rack System