Apr 16, 2018 The past few years, I've been pulling muscles more frequently (stuff that heals in a week) from what I feel is being too strict in my reps or using too great of a range of motion. Once I build up to a weight where I'm pushing past my maximums for a certain rep range, it seems like things tweak. Does anyone use a reduced range of motion to stay away from the very peaks of the eccentric phase when lifting during your heavier sets? On exercises where I can lift unilaterally, I spot my lifting arm with my free hand, and that helps to reduce the strain on the muscle/tendon/ligament until I get into a phase where I'm recruiting a greater deal of fibers. Maybe it's that I'm getting a bit older. I just wanted to hear your thoughts and experiences on this.