This article will by no means be an exhaustive discussion of the evidence, but I look forward to elaborating as we get responses.
Installment #476 in things I keep hearing people say:
“You should lock out the joints at the end of a (bench press, squat, etc)”. The joints need stress to get stronger.”
By this logic I should do the following:
1. Beat my head against a wall to protect myself from brain injuries (After all I am putting my cranium under much needed stress, right?
2. Yell at kids all the time and berate them to improve their self esteem
I think we can agree that just because something needs to get stronger, this doesn’t mean that all stress on that thing is good!
I could just simply say that this is wrong, but it’s better for all concerned (especially kids) if we address the real problem. The real problem is a combination of a lack of understanding of how joints work combined with a pretty loose application of terminology.