Four moves to keep the fat burn alive for hours
Nope, we’re not talking Helena Bonham Carter. Eccentric exercise means emphasising the lowering portion of a rep. Also known as “negative training”, the technique increases the time your muscles are under tension, which helps boost muscle-fibre activation. The benefits: higher kilojoule burn both during and after exercise and fewer injuries, as it strengthens tendons and helps muscles absorb high-impact stress (like running). Plus a new study says it can help you break through strength plateaus in just five weeks. Once a week, swap out one of your three strengthtraining workouts with this routine from exercise physiologist Dr Joel Seedman. Complete the circuit in order, moving from the first exercise to the next and resting as needed in between. Repeat once for two total sets. After three weeks, take one week off, then continue with heavier weights.