It’s time to consult an expert on the weird science behind eccentric exercises, one like Tony Kaye , Professor of Biomechanics at the University of Northampton, UK.
First of all, because it is easier to do. It is much harder to go uphill than downhill, and yet we are moving the same amount of mass as our body.
Going down, we use different muscle fibers that are much, much larger and more powerful, so we only use 25 muscle fibers.
Correct. While it does make us healthier, fitter, etc., exercise itself creates microscopic damage that stimulates hormonal responses, and with nutrition and rest and sleep over the next few days, you rebuild those muscles to a new level. taller and stronger.
Eccentric exercise has been consistently shown to create greater microscopic damage than concentric exercise.
And can it also help you burn more calories?
No, while you’re doing the exercise.
That’s because it causes more microscopic damage, so it forces the body to increase its metabolic rate for the next few days while it repairs itself, therefore the metabolic rate is elevated for an extended period of time.”
What are the benefits as we age?
As we age, we get weaker, the muscles in our arms get smaller, and our bones get weaker as well. And eccentric exercise has repeatedly shown more positive effects on all three than any other type of contraction.
We looked at the effect of eccentric training on young, healthy male soccer players, and it showed dramatic increases in strength.
We then performed the same exercise on older individuals, older than 65 years, some with clinical conditions.
They had very large increases in strength, anywhere from 30 to 50%, and a 10% increase in muscle mass in their quads in just six weeks.
That’s a substantial increase much, much higher than what we would expect from normal exercise.
Another study I did showed a 4x increase in ankle range of motion than traditional stretching.
So it increases flexibility, muscle mass, bone density, strength.
It is a highly effective exercise.