Squatting with Eccentric and Concentric Contractions

Squatting with Eccentric and Concentric ContractionsEccentric contraction—muscle fibers lengthen as a muscle contracts.

Concentric contraction—muscle fibers contract as a muscle contracts.

This is a great exercise and I love squatting which I will write more about soon but I can’t help but dedicate this post to commenting on my technique in the above video. As I am talking about maintaining balance in the pose and moving equally through both sides my left foot is turned out and it looks to me like I am only using a shortened right side of the body.

I look at bodies all day long so I see these things a little differently but it is amazing to me just how out of whack I still am. What I see is a body with two radically different halves. It seems to me that I move down through the right side fairly evenly but the left side seems to move at a different pace with energy leaking out to the left.

You can also see when I am standing that the right shoulder is much closer to my right ear than my left shoulder is to my left ear. No one is truly balanced and you can’t imagine how far I have come in bringing my halves closer to a whole but the journey never stops.


Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclined Cobblers Pose
The Quadratus Femoris
  1. Thanks so much! I will try doing these–squats are something I usually ignore, so it will probably be helpful. About the right/left thing…..just today I visited a PT who works with something called Postural Restoration, based on the theory that our bodies are by design assymmetrical not symmetrical. It was absolutely amazing how much he was able to tell me about myself just by looking at my body’s imbalances (and like you, I’ve been working on them for many years). You might find this link, and some of the other articles on the site, interesting: http://posturalrestoration.com/about/

  2. Cynthia, You could also try a few calf stretches in all fours or at the wall to see if this will help loosen the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles enough to allow the heels to lower down in the squat.

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