- Lowering the barbell toward your chest in a bench press.
- Lowering into a parallel squat position in a squat.
- Lowering into the bottom of a pushup.
- Bringing a barbell back to the ground at the end of a deadlift.
- Lowering your torso back to the ground in a situp.
What does eccentric exercise mean?
Eccentric exercises are exactly that; they are slow, lengthening muscle contractions that are for a specific muscle. For example, if you imagine slowly lowering yourself down to sit into a chair, the slow motion of you going from a standing position to sitting is an eccentric contraction, or “negative”.
What is an example of an eccentric?
Movements that employ eccentric contractions include walking down stairs, running downhill, lowering weights, and the downward motion of squats, push-ups or pull-ups.
How do you do eccentric?
Eccentric exercises are performed slowly, with control, to add to the muscle’s time under tension. Try doing a three-second count on the lengthening phase of the exercise and a one-second count on the shortening phase, said Guglielmo.