Arnold’s favorite hobby was helping others with their exercise regimens, especially if they were blonde and wearing short shorts.
Seriously, he had an intuition that muscle elongation against resistance was important for gains…
He was right on. More and more research is proving that stretch loading is the big key for fast hypertrophy.
In fact, one recent study found that stretch partials built DOUBLE the mass compared to full-range reps or contracted-position partials.
Arnold is no doubt checking for a good glute stretch in the first photo above. (Tempting, but we will refrain from an Austrian Oak joke here.)
Note: For a chart of key STRETCH-position exercises for each muscle, as well as the IDEAL and contracted-position moves, see pages 42 and 43 of Old Man, Young Muscle.
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
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