Some people wouldn’t agree.
But not extending the muscle all the way could potentially stop you from getting more muscle gains over time.
And it could also cost you understanding how to perform certain exercises optimally.
But in my opinion.
You should be extending your muscle all the way when working out
You might have read that you don’t need to extend it all the way because when you build tension your whole muscle works.
But I beg to differ.
When performing an exercise, extending your muscle full through allows you to hit it through to its insertion points.
Now don’t get this confused with overextending or trying to extend too much.
That is not what I’m getting at.
I’m just saying to extend your muscle as much as your flexibility allows you to do.
If you are doing a bicep curl, bring it all the way down and up.
Don’t stop yourself from lengthening your arm fully near the bottom of the rep.
If you are going to do a squat, then go to at least a 90-degree angled squat.
If you can’t go lower because you don’t have the mobility, then that’s ok but get to 90 degrees.
Your muscle can extend and open for a reason.
It’s to be able to build muscle when doing this.
You see when you control the movement of the exercise, and then you control the form,
You can get better gains and muscle growth over time.
Now of course this needs to be done repeatedly, over the course of months and years,
And yes, if you don’t do this every single time, it doesn’t mean you won’t build muscle.
But the idea is to try and do this every time.
It ties back into performing an exercise and controlling it to the best of your ability,
So that you can maximize your muscle growth over time,
And get a good mind to muscle connection.
It further allows you to understand your body along with getting good at doing everything else,
Such as understanding how to contract your muscles.
Understanding and getting better at mind-to-muscle connection.
Learning to perform each exercise properly.
And understanding the basic functions of each muscle.
Like anything else when it comes to operating at your most optimal performance when it comes to your form.
Take your time and feel it out.
Focus on the contraction.
Control the tempo.
Focus on when you are doing thoroughly.
And get the full extension.
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