Laparoscopic lifting

July 13, 2009

When lifting weights, we want to avoid injury at all costs, and one way of doing this is to limit the range of motion. So what we’re after is to MOVE AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE whilst still getting maximum results. This is where laproscopic lifting comes into play.

Laproscopic techniques originate from surgery, where keyhole operations provide less chance of infection, and much faster recovery times. Of course, faster recovery in theatre can be taken to the gym to give faster recovery there too.

What we want is only move in the middle of our range of motion. Take bicep curls as an example, if you lock your elbow out, hard, that is the lower edge of your movement. Now if you jam your arm up, hard, that is the upper edge. Of course, the middle bit must be the best because it is in between the top and bottom, where the muscle is thickest.

Lift the weight to the middle of your range of motion, in a bicep curl, that’s when your arm is parallel to the floor. Then just oscillate (move back and forth/up and down) very quickly. The aim is to move as little as possible, so 1cm oscillations are ideal. Do this for as long as possible.

This works with any exercise, for example, when doing pullups, pull yourself half way up, then jiggle around until you drop off the bar with exhaustion. During squats, get halfway towards the floor, then vibrate a tiny amount up and down until you collapse.

If you find it hard to stay within the small range of motion, you ca use external aids to help you. I cut a circle of card out and hang it from the ceiling, then I put my hand through the circle and pick up the weight, and try to jiggle the weight up and down whilst using the edges of the circle to guide me in hoe far to move.

Of course, it is absolutely necessary to work the full range of motion. So sometimes you need to jiggle around in other parts of your range, not just the middle. When doing hammer curls, try pumping the weight up an down furiously at a low level, around your upper thigh.

Laproscopic lifting is the way to get thicker muscles in less time with faster recovery and less chance of infection.

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2 Responses to “Laparoscopic lifting”

  1. xtremefit said

    Thanks for the feedback Chad. laproscopic single legged deadlifts sounds good. I am writing a new article when work gets less busy…suggestions welcome.

  2. Chad Dukes said

    Great suggestion. I can’t wait to try these tonight with some heavy single legged deadlifts! I’ll get a hyuuugge posterior chain!

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