slow-twitch


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slow-twitch

(slō′twĭch′)
adj.
Of or relating to skeletal muscle that is composed of weak, slowly contracting fibers, adapted for low-intensity, high-endurance activities.
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Transcriptional co-activator PGC-1 alpha drives the formation of slow-twitch muscle fibres.
They were close enough to birds that they likely had feathers and were warm-blooded, but they were very active animals with large hind legs for prolonged periods of running, so their muscles would probably have been mainly slow-twitch, less like modern birds.
However, the previous experiment only examined the soleus muscle which is primarily a slow-twitch type I muscle and clearly may not reflect what may be going on in another skeletal muscle.
On one hand, single-frequency vibration systems operating within the muscle slow-twitch frequency will deliver the mechanical energy content of the vibration input plus the contraction energy of slow-twitch fibers.
The delay velocity of contraction in type 1 fibres in a muscle, such as pubococcygeus, which has 70% slow-twitch fibres, explains why contraction is initiated by only a small number of fast-twitch fibres.
We need to stress that, though some may provide competitive advantage, fundamentally it is no different than the advantage other athletes have because of their genetically endowed height or fast- or slow-twitch muscle ratio or the misfortune of having a genetic disorder such as Marfan Syndrome.
Skeletal muscle fibers are classified, depending on their contraction rate and metabolic reaction, into slow-twitch oxidative (SO) and fast-twitch fibers, which include fast-oxidative glycolytic (FOG) and fast-twitch glycolytic (FG) fibers (Brooke and Kaiser, 1970; Peter et al.
Slow-twitch muscles cannot produce as much power, but they are loaded with mitochondria (the energy factories of a cell) and do not easily tire.
He is everything we thought he was: a top-class staying machine who can survive any fractions, a relentless converter of every cell of energy into sustained pace to fire his slow-twitch muscles that will just fire all day.
Although fast-twitch muscle fibers are usually larger in size than slow-twitch, slow-twitch fibers can become up to 22% larger than fast-twitch fibers with effective endurance training.
It makes you walk more naturally and activates the slow-twitch muscle fibres in the legs, which help to burn fat.
According to the Peak Performance Web site, "fast-twitch" muscles "contract two to three times faster than their slow-twitch counterparts," and "activating fast-twitch motor units is the key to improved strength, speed and power.