You know those guys at the gym who lift too much weight, then drop the dumbbells on the ground with a huge thud? They’re usually the same jerks who grunt a lot, and spend five minutes checking themselves out in the mirror.
Well according to a new study, you shouldn’t just drop weights like that . . . because LOWERING them is even better than LIFTING them. If you know a lot about weightlifting, it might not be that surprising. But for the rest of us, here comes the science . . .
A group of researchers in Finland did a series of studies where they had one group of guys do a normal leg workout. And another group focused more on exercises that involved lowering the weights.
33 guys worked out twice a week for two-and-a-half months. And the ones who focused on lowering weight gained 5 to 10% more strength and endurance. Plus they KEPT getting stronger, while the other group plateaued about five weeks in.
A second study also tested their blood. And the ones who focused on lowering weights had more testosterone and growth hormone in their system after they worked out.