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Eccentric Overload Training: A Viable Strategy to Enhance Muscle Hypertrophy?

Schoenfeld, Brad Jon, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA1; Grgic, Jozo, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA2

Section Editor(s): Schoenfeld, Brad PhD, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 2 - p 78–81
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000351
Columns: Evidence-Based Personal Training
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ABSTRACT IT HAS BEEN POSTULATED THAT ECCENTRIC ACTIONS HAVE THE GREATEST EFFECT ON MUSCLE HYPERTROPHY. THE POTENTIAL HYPERTROPHIC BENEFITS TO ECCENTRIC TRAINING RAISE THE POSSIBILITY THAT MUSCULAR GROWTH COULD BE ENHANCED BY SUPPLEMENTING RESISTANCE TRAINING WITH ECCENTRIC OVERLOAD TRAINING. IN THIS ARTICLE, WE EXAMINE WHETHER THIS STRATEGY IS EFFICACIOUS FOR ENHANCING MUSCLE GROWTH.

1Department of Health Sciences, Lehman College, Bronx, New York; and

2Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Address correspondence to Brad Jon Schoenfeld, bradschoenfeldphd@gmail.com.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

The Evidence-Based Personal Training column provides practical application of research topics specific to enhancing results for personal trainers.

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COLUMN EDITOR: Brad Jon Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT

Brad Jon Schoenfeldis an Assistant Professor in Exercise Science and director of the Human Performance Laboratory at CUNY Lehman College in the Bronx, New York.

Jozo Grgicis a PhD student at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

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