Day: March 10, 2021

Tempo

Lifting Tempo: What is it good for?

When you head to the gym to lift weights, do you ever pay attention to the speed of your reps? You probably pay close attention to exercise selection, rep ranges, and rest periods but most people overlook lifting tempo. Even experienced lifters with years of training experience will 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 muscle growth. But does lifting tempo really make a difference for hypertrophy? And is there any reason to care about tempo outside of muscle mass? As it turns out, lifting tempo is a component of your program that deserves some respect. ignoring lifting tempo may cause you to leave a lot of results on the table. More Muscle Gain? As mentioned, most conversations that involve lifting tempo are centered around gaining muscle. You see, mechanical tension is one of the main drivers of muscle hypertrophy. Typically, there are two main ways to increase mechanical tension in a workout: Increase the weight you are lifting, or Increase the time you spend lifting the weight Slowing down your rep speed essentially increases the time your muscles spend […]

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