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Speed Work and Hypertrophy


#1

Awhile back I believe you said speedwork on a pumped muscle was effective for adding additional hypertrophy.

How would you go about using such. Should you use straight weight or add in bands and chains the way powerlifters do?


#2

[quote]kjmont wrote:
Awhile back I believe you said speedwork on a pumped muscle was effective for adding additional hypertrophy.

How would you go about using such. Should you use straight weight or add in bands and chains the way powerlifters do?

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The bands will allow you to stimulate more hypertrophy because it creates downward acceleretation which requires additiional eccentric strength to break/prevent. HOWEVER as with all methods emphasizing the eccentric, it is much harder to recover from. As such I would not use bands for more than 2 weeks in a row. Chains are fine to use 2/3rd of the time.