In order to build muscle rightfully, you need to incorporate a time under tension workout.
And what I mean by this is the tension that you are causing on your muscles.
Some people start off at the gym and put together a routine and continue this while eating good nutrition for three or four or five months.
Congratulations, you have just lasted longer than 80% of the people who join the gym.
And if you continue this through the year then you just beat out another 80% of the individuals who were to keep going to the gym after the new years' resolutioners.
But there comes a point where you need to start making other decisions for your workouts or you’ll start to plateau. Basically, the results won't come in as they used to and you’ll start to get de-motivated.
There are a lot of other contributing factors that could cause this to happen as well such as life circumstances, poor nutrition, and falling back into bad old habits. As the saying goes, old habits die hard right.
But the main thing you need to realize if you want to keep seeing the good progression of muscle is of course how you perform an exercise, but also the tension it is under. Hence the phrase time under tension comes in.
When you are performing a workout, it could be any workout. You need to apply tension for a longer period of time in order to see greater lean tissue development.
When you stop applying greater tension to what your body is already used to then you will plateau.
the simple way to understand this is, let's say you're doing a bicep curl and you are moving it up in a quicker motion. Going up one second and then going down one second. You are still causing tension on the muscle this way as you are working out your bicep.
Now let's say you decide to slow it down a bit and do three seconds up and three seconds down. And you continue to do this for five reps and then proceed after five reps to do a regular one-second up and down routine until a total of fifteen repetitions. By doing this, you are causing greater tension on your muscle and will cause more tearing.
This is just one simple way out of many that can cause more time under tension on your muscle that you are working out. And you can apply this in many ways.
But the idea is to keep challenging your muscles in this manner so that you can keep getting tissue growth over time and keep developing.
A time under tension workout that is consistently challenging your buddy every month to two months will always stir you in the right direction of muscle growth.
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Disclaimer: Adam is not a doctor nor a nutritionist. This is all from the experience Adam has gained through himself and through schooling. Through his videos, Adam shares his personal and educational experience that he has acquired over the past years of training individuals through fitness and nutrition. Adam would strongly recommend you see your physician before starting or completing any exercise program. You should be in good physical condition to participate in the exercises which are why consulting your physician would be recommended.
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