Some guy named Jack wrote this on T-nation:Pavel wrote:“there are many reasons to lift and lower your weights slowly: three to five seconds on the way up and three to five on the way down is the Power to the People! rule. First, muscular tension drops off as the velocity increases. Considering that tension is what we are after, it is a dumb idea. Just note that the athletes with the most spectacular muscular definition are those from sports requiring slow exertions, such as gymnastics.”
https://www.t-nation.com/training/perio ... -and-bolts
Who do I believe? The guy who lied about his Master of Sports rating, or the incredibly weak performer?Jack wrote:“I advocate always driving the bar up as fast as possible on the concentric portion of a lift.”
Trying to drive as fast as possible makes the most intuitive sense to me – with the understanding that you're not trying to jerk the bar (unless that's the lift you're doing). And of course the eccentric is done in a smooth & controlled manner. It does make sense to me to do the eccentric in 3-5 secs, if it's a weight you can handle. But lift slow?