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Slow Down to Grow...

By Gary Bultitude

From Inside Time

Building muscle isn’t just about lifting the heaviest weights. In fact, incorporating slow-tempo exercises into your routine can offer surprising benefits for muscle growth. Here’s how:

Increased time under tension

Slowing down your reps, particularly during the lowering (eccentric) phase, keeps your muscles under tension for a longer duration. This increased 'time under tension' is a key factor in stimulating muscle growth.

Improved mind-muscle connection

Focusing on slow, controlled movements forces you to connect more deeply with the target muscle. This heightened awareness allows for better form and ensures you’re working the intended muscle group effectively.

Reduced risk of injury

Fast, jerky movements can put stress on your joints. Slowing down your reps allows for better control, minimizing the risk of injury and allowing you to train more consistently.

How to make it work

Focus on tempo

Aim for a controlled 3 – 4 seconds for the lifting (concentric) phase and  4 – 6 seconds for the lowering (eccentric) phase of each rep.

Choose the right weight

You might need to use a lighter weight compared to your usual routine to maintain proper form during slow reps.

Don’t ditch the speed

While slow training offers advantages, don’t completely eliminate faster tempos from your program. Varying your rep speed keeps your workouts challenging and can target different aspects of muscle development.

Slow and steady wins the race! By incorporating slow tempo exercises into your routine, you can increase muscle tension, improve your mind-muscle connection, and reduce your risk of injury, all of which contribute to building bigger and stronger muscles.

From Inside Time.

Simple slow-tempo workout (4 seconds down, followed by 4 seconds up)

Wide stance squat x 12

Take the feet wide so that when you perform your squat, your knees push over your big toe.

Push-up x 12

On the toes if you can, drop your knees down, keep your toes on the floor. Bring your chest down to your elbow crease.

Bear crawl x 12

Starting on your hands and knees, rise up onto the toes, tighten the core, and slowly reach forward with the right arm and right knee, followed by the left side.

Single Leg Dead-lift x 12

Standing tall, keep a slight bend in the plant leg and hinge forward from the hip while keeping the chest tall and thumbs pointing up. Hinge to 90 degrees and allow the hamstrings to stretch while keeping the head neutral. Repeat on the opposite side for the desired number of repetitions.

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