HammerFit Athletic Club is a unique and locally owned fitness concept—based on the idea that the best equipment and classes usually appeal to different people and that no one should pay for what they aren't using!


In addition to state-of-the-art Hammer Strength equipment, we are proud to offer a great personal training program and an exceptional group fitness program in our Motion Studio. All classes are led by the area's most in-demand, experienced instructors. You do not have to have a membership to attend our classes.


And, the best part...if you live locally....

      ...your first class with us is FREE!



Tel: 802.878.0444


21 Essex Way, Suite 115 
Essex Jct, Vermont 05452

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HammerFit is located in the Essex Shoppes and Cinema complex off route 15 and i-289 in Essex Center, near Hannaford’s, The Essex Resort and Spa and the Links at Lang Farm. Only 2.5 miles from the Five Corners Intersection.

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The Benefits of Eccentric Muscle Contraction

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The action of an eccentric muscle contraction occurs when muscles are firing while elongating simultaneously.


An example of this is when you're straightening your arms back out after doing a bicep curl.  This form of contraction is constantly ignored by many people in the gym but focusing on this movement has actually shown to create even greater results for muscle building and overall strength of muscles.  


Eccentric contractions are already the strongest form of contraction that your muscles can perform; it is also the form that will have minimal risk for injury.  With this in mind this is also a great way for people suffering from injuries to reduce muscle loss in the area involved.


So how should you perform an eccentric contraction exercise?  


Let's start with an easy example of eccentric calf raises.  Simply go up to some stairs and stand on the first step, then keep the balls of your feet on the edge of the stairs and your weight shifted towards your toes.  After rising up on your toes just simply go back down as slow as possible while maintaining constant movement (roughly 3-5 seconds back down).  The idea behind doing this on stairs or a small ledge is to allow for a greater range of motion for your calf muscles to fire through.


This is just ONE example of how to utilize eccentric contractions for your exercises.  It can be used for bench press, squats, deadlift, pull-ups, biceps curls, etc.  Adding a focus to eccentric contractions can help maximize your workouts and thus your results.   Keep in mind that adding eccentric contraction focus to your exercises will most likely increase difficulty and thus either an reduction of weight and or repetitions is recommended so that you can gauge how this new addition affects the rate at which your muscles fatigue.


I hope you enjoyed reading this post and adding another angle at which to attack your muscles to optimize results.


-Taite Carpenter 



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