Now that the Open is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to rebuild. This is the first week of the Tempo / Strict Strength Cycle!
The next few months are going to be centered around building a STRONG base with our classic strength movements and strict gymnastics movements. As far as lifting goes, we are starting this cycle off with 5 weeks of tempo for the Back Squat, Deadlift, and Strict Press. Let’s talk about WHY tempo strength training is so important!
Lifting weights at a tempo is one of the most effective ways to get better and stronger in your lifts. But what’s so good about it? I want to focus on 3 big benefits of this style of training:
01. Technique Correction
When you perform exercises with a slow and controlled tempo, you’re forced to focus on your form and technique. Because you’re moving at a slower pace, you can’t rely on momentum to finish the lift for you. You have to focus on engaging all the right muscles to properly execute the rep. You might also notice you’re weaker in some positions and stronger in others. This information is really helpful in knowing which muscles might need a little extra love in your next time you hit the gym!
02. Injury Prevention
A reduced risk of injury is a result of the things we talked about above! Because you’re moving at a slower pace, you’ll be lifting a lighter load than usual. When you transition back to lifting at full speed, it’ll be second nature to use the correct technique regardless of the heavier load. Your muscles will be doing the work rather than your joints and tendons!
03. Muscle Gains
Lastly and maybe the most exciting result of tempo training, you’re going to get STRONG AF! This is because it increases the time under tension for each rep, which can lead to greater muscle damage and subsequent growth. By slowing down your movements, you’ll also be able to activate more muscle fibers, leading to more overall muscle recruitment. Bring out the tank tops!