What’s This Research About?
Is eccentric training better for building strength? Previous research suggests eccentric muscle actions differ from concentric muscle actions. Mechanically, eccentric muscle contraction leads to greater force production when compared to concentric muscle contractions. This preliminary research has lead researchers to speculate that eccentric resistance training could stimulate greater adaptations than concentric resistance training.
Even though previous research examined the differences between the two types of resistance training, there had not been a systematic review of the literature summarizing the findings or the scientific validity of the research. In this systematic review researchers hoped that by performing a review of the literature, they could determine if eccentric training is superior to concentric training in stimulating gains in muscle mass.