Day: July 11, 2019


Tempo: What is it good for?

When you head to the gym and lift weights, do you ever pay attention to the tempo of your reps? Most people overlook this simple aspect of training. There is a lot of attention that is paid to other parts of a training program. For example, exercise selection, rep range, and even rest periods are carefully thought out. However, there isn’t much to be said for the importance of in our training. Even those with years of experience may go about their workout without any real intention behind their rep speed. Those who pay attention to their tempo tend to do so in an attempt to maximize hypertrophy. But does tempo training really bring about bigger increases to muscle mass? Even so, is there any reason to care about tempo outside of muscle mass? Although it is not often mentioned as an important variable, ignoring tempo may be causing you to leave a lot of results on the table. More Hypertrophy? As I mentioned, most conversations that involve tempo training are centered around increasing muscle mass. Mechanical tension is one of the main drivers of muscle hypertrophy. As such, many people focused on building muscle will look for ways to increase […]

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