Here is another guideline for dynamic tension: The benefit one could get from the use of dynamic tension is directly proportional to your overall muscle power or to the amount of force your muscles can generate. Note: For those who don’t know what we’re talking about, you can read about dynamic tension here.
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That means that the stronger you already are, the stronger you can be by using dynamic tension and the stronger you already are, the greater hypertrophic benefits you can get from using dynamic tension.
Now why is that? Simple: because dynamic tension basically uses your own muscle as resistance to their opposing muscle group that you want to work out. For example you want to work your triceps using dynamic tension – you do that by contracting your triceps (by moving your arms in a fashion like you’re doing a triceps extension but without weights) while you also flex your biceps therefore your biceps offer resistance to your triceps and vice versa and your biceps will also get a nice workout with that.
Now let’s say your biceps are able to generate 300lbs of force per contraction (that’s a little bit exaggerated but you get the point!); then that means doing dynamic tension for your triceps will be like lifting 300lbs, I hope you are seeing the beauty of that. That would be like lifting 300lbs in tricep extensions or close grip without the need for weights.
But the reason I singled this principle out is this: I see that most people think that they can get some decent growth by using dynamic tension EXCLUSIVELY! That is impossible since if your muscles are not strong enough in the first place then they would not serve any good resistance, it will all be for naught. You will get some development yes but you can only go so far like limiting yourself to a certain pair of dumbbells and expect some serious growth to occur from working out with those again and again.Follow @AboutLifting
Dynamic tension is a good technique and is a great muscle shocker – no question about that. But you cannot expect to get serious development by relying on it exclusively. You can only get the most out of dynamic tension (and with lifting in general) if you would actually take time increasing your size and strength by using several different methods and utilizing a number of techniques into your regimen.
In relation to the above example, you will not get 300lbs resistance using dynamic tension with your triceps if you didn’t actually lift 300lbs in REAL weight with your biceps and/or vice versa.
So what can you say, people? Have you used dynamic tension in the past? How was it? Eat your eggs, people!