Welcome to the newest Discover Strength Podcast Mini-Series where we will focus on 12 things we think are essential to getting better results from your workouts in less time. Join us as we go deeper on each topic in a format that’s perfect for sharing and broadening your own knowledge. Thanks for joining us, and please enjoy this week’s episode on the importance of slow movement speed in strength training.
Strength training slowly is better for two main reasons:
1. Better Results
2. Reduce Injuries
Slow movement speed in strength training is integral because it forces our muscles to recruit more muscle fibers (because momentum is not helping). The more muscle fibers that are recruited, the more muscle increase there will be.
Additionally, slow movement speed is safer as it reduces the forces imposed on the joints and connective tissue. Even a light weight, lifted fast, can impose high force on our joints. By keeping force low, and speed slow, we significantly reduce the risk of injury.
Note: there is a difference between exercise and sport. Sport includes inherent fast movements that may lead to injury. A baseball pitcher would not be surprised if they suffered from a shoulder injury, because of the nature of movement in sports. David talks more about this in the episode:
“Everything we’re doing in the weight room, everything you’re doing for exercise (we’ve talked about this before), I to improve your physical function, and so you should never get hurt. We should avoid those rapid movements that you might see in sports that are inherently more dangerous and you’re more likely to get injured with.”
Going slow generally means we can’t lift as much weight and “demonstrate” our strength. This means we may need to sacrifice our ego and focus more on developing or stimulating rather than demonstrating.
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