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You may have heard your trainer talk about the “eccentric phase” of an exercise – this phase takes place when a muscle is under tension while it is lengthening; for instance, the eccentric phase of a bicep curl occurs when you are lowering the weight down whereas the “concentric phase” takes place when you are lifting the weight up.

Since we are able to produce much greater force eccentrically, we can stress our muscles more to stimulate muscle growth and increase strength gains more efficiently compared to the concentric phase

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