The benefits of using a tempo in your workouts
High Intensity Training (HIT) is a method of training that focuses on slow, quality movements. At Muscles in Motion, your trainer creates a full body routine that includes approximately 8-12 exercises.
Each exercise that you preform includes a specific count to help you move through your range of motion appropriately.
IE: 2/4, 5/5/5, Crazy 8, etc…
Counting ensures that exercises are performed at the appropriate speed. The count indicates termination of movement at each position.
Using a 2/4 count as an example means you will concentrically move a weight from the starting position to the end within 2 seconds and then eccentrically bring it back to the starting point within 4 seconds.
Maintaining a count throughout the exercise helps both you and your trainer control the speed of movement and limit momentum. Limiting momentum allows the muscles performing the movement to be fully engaged durning both the concentric and eccentric phases of the exercise.
There are a variety of counts that can be used depending on the muscle groups (large or small), the order of exercises and your overall goals. Employing different counts adds variety to your workouts, ensures proper form and speed are being used and can even create a more challenging experience.