Are you looking to build strong tendons, ligaments and bones? This video and article will show you what this means and more importantly how to do it.
Make sure to avoid a big mistake that many bodybuilders (and the people who follow their training info) commonly do, and how this can lead to injuries of a ripped tendon. You must lockout your reps. This strengthens the joints and surrounding connective tissues. If you don’t do this, then one time when you’re handling a big weight and it forces you to lockout, your tendons can rip.
If you want strong ligaments, tendons, joints, and bones then you’ll want to follow these five ideas in your training.
1) Maximum strength – By working the strength at or near a max lots of stress will be place on these connective tissues. On exactly what, like the bones or ligaments, will depend on the specific exercise.
2) High repetitions – This is similar to max strength in that when you do an exercise for higher repetitions (and I’m talking about 50-100 and beyond) lots of the stress may be taken off the muscles and go to the tendons, ligaments and more.
3) Odd Objects and Odd Angles – The work more than just the stabilizer muscles, but all these connective tissues as well as they fight to stabilize your bones, joints and muscles. Again the specifics depend on the exercise.
4) Isometrics – There are many forms of these. In simplest terms a max effort against an immovable object. Steve Justa even had a theory that you build your energy through isometrics and it plays out in the connective tissue primarily. Be sure to check out his new DVD set on Isometric Exercises.
Also his ideas on G-Force Training will help increase bone density and support this other work.
5) Supports – A favorite of the oldtime strongmen that you don’t see often. These are the best builders of bone strength possible. Once again all your connective tissues and muscles will fight to keep everything in place but the majority of stress is place on the bones themselves.
If you incorporate these different training methods into your overall routine and follow the principles of progressive training over time, you can’t help but to increase the strength (and even size) of your tendons, ligaments and bones.