Coming from a football background I know all about training at the right tempo. From the no-huddle, hurry-up, spread, ball control, and 2 minute drill offenses, changing tempo can dictate results. Working out in the gym is no different. There are times when pushing the tempo during a set will help blast through any plateau. If you’re stuck in neutral on your goals then it’s easy to come into the gym and forget that every piece of equipment connects to a system that is intended to achieve fitness success. Based on your goals, the sets and reps that control the volume of a workout are designed to increase size, tone and burn fat. Everyone can count reps and sets, but rarely is any thought put into what the purposes of these reps are and how long each rep should be. Here’s were tempo training comes into play. Training tempo is all about the amount of time it takes to perform a rep and place the muscle under tension. When you change the tempo of your workouts, your body is caught off-guard and will most likely be shocked by the different flows. Now this doesn’t mean that you go at warp speed, because the rate of your tempo is dictated by personal training method preferences. There are 3 different kinds of methods I use when I train: Stabilization, Strength, and Explosive training styles, all focus on different tempos and will allow your body to reach new goals.
- Stabilization = slow (4/2/1)
- Strength = moderate (2/0/2)
- Power = explosive (1/1/1)
- Leg Stabilization - Ball or Box Squats
- Leg Strength - Barbell Squats to parallel depth
- Leg Power - Squat Jump