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Developing Upper Body Strength In The Paraplegic Athlete!

Developing Upper Body Strength in the Paraplegic Athlete!

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If you are a paraplegic looking to develop upper-body strength and power then listen up. Its time for you to kick your training into high gear. If you are looking to develop upper body strength and power then you have to train just like any other athlete, only harder! The fact is that irregardless of your personal capability, if you have the full use of your arms, chest, and upper body you can gain supreme power.

If you have read my other material then you know that the very essence of strength comes from the practice of muscular tension. Tension equals force and force is strength! To do this you have to work on two very distinct type of movements. The first type involves more strength endurance related movements. This is where you execute a single task over and over for total volume. A good example of this may be something like traditional chest presses, shoulder presses, and medicine ball throws.

The second type of movement is what is referred to as slow tension or grinding. This is where you don’t concern yourself with repetitions, but rather the exertion and tension of the movement. An example of this would be something like pressing a dumbell or kettlebell overhead and simply holding it for time. Once again tension equals force. If you have a competent training program you will force your body to innervate more neuromuscular activity, therefore creating a superior level of strength.

This is the key to any successful strength and fitness program. If you don’t believe in building strength then you aren’t training! Train hard my friend and give it a try.

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I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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