Have you also experienced this?
You’re in the gym…
One person is controlling the movement of the exercise, almost slow mo…
While another is just throwing themselves around like an animal?
When I was a teenager I always recall one PT in the gym moving so slowly on his curls it looked like a slow-mo training version of the robot dance
But there has always been the big point made about ‘time under tension’
(TUT for those of you who like acronyms)
This is the number of seconds you control part of the movement on a lifting exercise
But as per usual, you have a one ‘expert’ saying one thing, and your Mens Health saying another
Who is right?
Well lets do a little re-wind to why this even matters!
By controlling a movement when you lift weights, you create tension in the muscles
As you may recall from my previous knowledge bombs I’ve dropped into your inbox, this along with the load and technique creates what scientists call mechanical tension
(the ‘on button’ to begin the physiological wonders which improve strength)
But 1 critical thing is, you should only control the weight on the eccentric phase
(the descent on a squat, lunge or bench press, the ascent on a lat pull down)
If you control the other phase, you’re limiting how much muscle you recruit which will dilute results
The final thing you need to know is…
Like with all things, there a balance, a sweet spot
Control the weight TOO SLOW, and you compromise the load you can lift
Equally if the load is TOO HEAVY you compromise the control you can use
2-3 seconds TUT on your eccentric phase is usually spot on
In approx 300 words you have just discovered what TUT is, why it matters, the actual truth and how to do it
How good is that!?!?!