The negative is a method of reversing the movement to make the exercise easier. This allows you to practice the mechanics of the movement and start to get used to putting your body in the right positions.
It’s a tool that does have it’s downfalls, however. In this episode, we will cover the pros and cons of using the negative.
Reversing the movement
Remember that as soon as you stop doing any pulling, then you will not become stronger in a pull. You will be resisting gravity and therefore will use different muscles to achieve this. (Namely your pecs and inner bicep)
Using the Bands
Don’t forget that you can also use the mobility bands to help with the negative too. This means that you will be able to make this technique more scalable with easier and harder versions.
Do not Jolt
An important thing to remember with negatives is that you drop hard into the bottom hang you can do damage to your arms and chest.
The connective tissue (tendons) connects your muscles (at each end) to your skeleton. The hard jolt into the dead-hang will pull your muscles and tendons to their longest length. With a lot of force, this can strain the muscle or tendon. So be careful!