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Exercise Science

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Managing and Preventing Wrist Pain During Exercise

Wrist pain is a prevalent issue among fitness enthusiasts, often stemming from weightlifting, sports, and repetitive motions. Understanding the intricate anatomy of the wrist and its root causes is essential for devising effective strategies to alleviate discomfort and optimize performance during workouts. In this Muscle and Motion comprehensive guide, we will delve into the anatomy […]

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Should You Train to Failure?

To train to failure or not? In the quest for peak physical fitness and muscular development, one controversial topic often emerges in discussions among fitness enthusiasts and professionals alike: training to failure. This method, defined as pushing your muscles to their maximum capacity until you’re unable to perform another repetition with correct form, has received […]

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The Role of Stretching and Muscle Length in Hypertrophy

Muscle hypertrophy, the process of increasing muscle mass, is a primary goal for many fitness enthusiasts. While weightlifting and resistance training are well-known for promoting muscle hypertrophy, recent research highlights the significant role of stretching and training at longer muscle lengths. This Muscle and Motion article delves into the relationship between stretching and hypertrophy, shedding […]

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Typewriter Push-Ups

There are various versions of the push-up exercise to add variety to your workout routine and target specific muscle groups. While the traditional push-up is an excellent workout, incorporating variations allows you to spice up your routine and focus on specific muscles. In this detailed Muscle and Motion guide, you will learn how to do […]

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Mind-Muscle Connection

The mind-muscle connection refers to the conscious effort to focus one’s attention on the contraction of a specific muscle or muscle group during exercise. This practice involves mentally engaging with the working muscle, aiming to isolate and enhance its activation without relying solely on the movement’s mechanical execution. Using this focus, individuals can potentially achieve […]

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3 Powerful Anterior Knee Pain Exercises

Anterior knee pain (AKP) includes multiple conditions, with patellofemoral pain being the most common. It can affect many people’s success in the gym and in day-to-day life.  Clinical findings associated with AKP According to Mc Clinton et al. 2020 clinical findings associated with AKP may include the following: patellar hypermobility hypo-mobility  impaired quadriceps or hip […]

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Designing a Plyometric Training Program

Plyometric exercises, often referred to as jump training or “plyos,” are dynamic and explosive movements designed to increase strength, speed, and overall athletic performance. These exercises can significantly enhance your physical capabilities and are ideal for both upper- and lower-body training. This Muscle and Motion article offers an in-depth guide to building a plyometric training […]

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Plyometrics – The Science of Explosive Strength

Plyometric exercises involve explosive movements designed to increase strength, speed, and agility. By engaging the stretch-shortening cycle of the muscles, these exercises leverage the force of elastic energy to improve athletic performance. This Muscle and Motion article delves into the science behind plyometrics, outlines beginner and advanced techniques, and offers advice on integrating these powerful […]

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Lifting with a Flexed Spine – is it Really Harmful?!

Lifting objects from the ground is an essential daily activity we all regularly perform. For many years, we used to believe lifting with spinal flexion could be a risk factor for lower back injuries and pain. Today, we know lifting with a flexed spine is not necessarily harmful, and there is no one way to […]

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Understanding Eccentric Muscle Contractions

Eccentric contractions are a type of muscle contraction in which the muscle-tendon complex lengthens and contracts at the same time. This type of contraction has several distinct traits distinguishing it from other contractions, potentially resulting in unique adaptations. Due to its particular physiological and mechanical characteristics, eccentric muscle work has garnered growing attention for rehabilitation […]