Many people base their exercise routines around repetitions. But, contrary to common belief, the quantity of all those reps is far less important than the quality. Today on The Marc and Mandy Show: Try This, Kathleen Trotter, author of , explains how you are loosing half of a repetition and how to avoid it.
The workout: Biceps curls with dumbbells.
The common mistake people make: Most people are more concerned with the initial lift of the dumbbell—but forget to observe proper form when bringing the weights back to a neutral point. Instead they let their arms simply fall, which is terrible for your joints and back, and essentially negates half of the exercise.
The fix: To reap the full benefits of the exercise, the lowering (the eccentric phase) should be as controlled as the lift (the concentric phase). The same goes for any other exercise. So long as you maintain your control and focus, you should be able to get more out of your exercise routine, avoid injuries, and see results faster.
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