Isometric Strength Training (part 2) - Eccentric Quasi-Isometrics and resistance training (Podcast)

Welcome back,

I hope that you enjoyed the last share of the  Snippit Sport Science Podcast on Isometric training.Today's article review is another great paper which helps build on the fundamentals of Isometric Strength Training.


Scientific Basis for Eccentric Quasi-Isometric Resistance Training: A Narrative Review.

J Strength Cond Res.2019 Oct;33(10):2846-2859. 


Oranchuk, DJ, Storey, AG, Nelson, AR, and Cronin, JB. The scientificbasisfor eccentricquasi-isometricresistancetraining: A narrative review. J Strength Cond Res 33(10): 2846-2859, 2019-

Eccentricquasi-isometric(EQI) resistancetraininginvolves holding a submaximal, yielding isometric contraction until fatigue causes muscle lengthening and then maximally resisting through a range of motion. Practitioners contend that EQI contractions are a powerful tool for the development of several physical qualities important to health and sports performance.

In addition, several sports involve regular quasi-isometriccontractions for optimal performance. Therefore, the primary objective of this reviewwas to synthesize and critically analyze relevant biological, physiological, and biomechanical research and develop a rationale for the value of EQI training. In addition, this reviewoffers potential practical applications and highlights future areas of research.

Although there is a paucity of research investigating EQIs, the literature on responses to traditional contraction types is vast. Based on the relevant literature, EQIs may provide a practical means of increasing total volume, metabolite build-up, and hormonal signaling factors while safely enduring large quantities of mechanical tension with low levels of peak torque.

Conversely, EQI contractions likely hold little neuromuscular specificity to high velocity or power movements. Therefore, EQI trainingseems to be effective for improving musculotendinous morphological and performance variables with low injury risk. Although speculative due to the limited specific literature, available evidence suggests a case for future experimentation.


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