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Tendon Strength Training

Ligament tendon strengthening exercises

Tendons and ligaments are very important when lifting very heavy weights, so it is wise to strengthen them in preparation for even heavier weight training workouts - the type of workouts that take your muscle mass to the next level.

Ignoring the strength of your tendons and ligaments will certainly halt any progress until further increases can be made. Often, further increases in weight cannot be made unless the correct foundations are in place. Even though training for a number of years and making steady gains will also get results.

But to really take the next step, and pile on the size, power assistance exercises should be employed. These will strengthen the tendons and ligaments which support the muscles you are want to develop. Below is a list of a few recommended tendon and ligament training exercises.

It should be noted that when training for tendon and ligament strength gains you need to work the movement within mid-range and only move about 6 inches depending on the movement. One should use about 150% of your one rep max to get fast results and slowly increase the range of movement.


Dead-lifts: 3 sets of 6-10.
Lateral pull-downs: 3 sets of 8-12.
Dumbbell curls: 3 sets of 6-8


Flat-bench presses: 3 sets of 8-12
Short range bench presses: 3 sets of 5
Triceps press-downs: 3 sets of 8-12
Lying, short range, triceps extension: 3 sets of 5


Rest day


Leg presses: 2 sets of 8-12
Full squats: 3 sets of 8-12
Short range squats: 3 sets of 5


Rest day


Lateral raises: 3 sets of 8-12
Short range behind the neck presses: 3 sets of 5
Barbell shrugs: 3 sets of 8-12


Rest day

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