# Gross force

1. Mar 6, 2010

### waynexk8

I have been trying to work out, and explain to people that there is such a thing as gross force. And that 1 rep as in weightlifting, repping up then down, that if you do 1 rep at .5/.5 seconds and only accelerate for 80% of the concentric, that you use the same average force at any speed.

However as I can do 6 rep at .5/.5 in the same time frame as 1 rep at 2/4, I said you are using more overall gross force {strength} and putting more tension on the muscle, but as force is a vector, people said this was not so. However, below I proved that wrong.

Imagine the muscles have a scale in them, that every time they register something it stays on that amount, like if I put out 100 pounds of force {strength} then 100 pounds of tension registers on the scales and stays at a 100 pounds.

Slow rep,
One rep will register 100 pounds of tension on the muscles scales.

Fast rep,
One rep will register 100 pounds of tension on the muscles scales.

WE ARE AGREED ON THIS SO FAR ARE WE NOT ??? As both have the same average and gross overall force {strength} thus tension on the muscles.

HOWEVER, HERE IS WHERE IT GETS INTERESTING.

But now we have the second fast rep, bang, it now must register 200 pounds of tension on the muscles scales, then the third rep, bang, it now must register 300 pounds of tension on the muscles scales, then the third rep, bang, forth rep 400 pounds, bang fifth rep 500 pounds and bang, the sixth and last rep in the same time frame as the one slow rep, 600 pounds now registers on the muscles scales !!!

Lets just talk about a slow 2/4 rep, you lift it once and it puts a certain amount of tension on the muscle, right ??? You lift it again, and again it puts a certain amount of tension on the muscle, right ??? I you do that say 6 times, is not that 6 lifts going to put more overall tension on the muscle, thus fatiguing it more than one time ???

Go lift 6 separate 100 pound barbells onto a scale, and the reading will be 600 pounds, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR MUSCLES EACH TIME YOU REP, YOU PUT MORE AND MORE TENSION FROM THE FORCE {STRENGTH} FROM YOUR REPPING ONTO YOUR MUSCLE..

DO YOU THINK 1 LIFT IS JUST AS HARD ON THE MUSCLE AS 6 LIFTS ??? YOU MUST SAY NO, THUS WHEN I LIFT MY WEIGHT AT .5/.5 OF A SECOND, AND DO THAT 6 TIMES IN 6 SECONDS, IS THAT NOT GOING TO BE HARDER THAN JUST LIFTING ONCE AT .5/.5 ???

HOW CAN ONE LIFT/REP AT ANY SPEED BE THE SAME ON YOUR MUSCLES AS LIFTING/REPPING IT 2, 6 OR 8 TIMES ??? ITS JUST CAN NOT BE.

Wayne