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SLOW THE HELL DOWN

Let’s break down the importance of taking our time when training. Not only in the session, but each individual rep and movement pattern.


When it comes to training, we’ve all been in the situation where we want to get the session done and get outta there asap. But let’s get real for a second. We know that’s not the best way to make the most of not only your workout but your training as a whole. Let’s break down the importance of taking our time when training. Not only in the session, but each individual rep and movement pattern.


Let’s start with warming up. 5 minutes on a piece of cardio is not enough warming up I’m afraid. Especially with resistance training and compound lifts. Taking the time to mobilise and stretch will dramatically improve the way you perform, as well as improving your overall progress in the long term. You might even notice something that doesn feel quite right or move the way it should, highlighting a potential weakness in your movement.


What about rest?

Resting in between sets is important for a whole bunch of reasons, one of the most important is recovery. If you don’t rest enough, the likelihood of you performing your next set to a similar standard will decrease. Don’t get me wrong here, just because I’m encouraging rest doesn’t mean I want you to sit down for 5 minutes every time and scroll through your phone till you feel ready to go again (unless that’s the point). Getting the right amount of rest is important. It all depends on what you’re trying to achieve. And unless you’re trying to achieve weak reps and feeling knackered, I’d probably say that no rest is not the right fit.


Tempo.

One of my favourite training variables. Slowing down your reps changes everything. Don’t believe me? Load up your bar and count down from 3 at each part of the movement. You want to be able to keep the same level of stability and strength at all times. If you can keep it stable when it’s slow, think about how stable it’ll be when you go back to a regular tempo. You’ll most likely be stronger at a regular tempo too.


And finally recovery.

Don’t be in such a hurry to leave or to get back. Stretch, rest, recover. It’s just as important as the training itself.


Moral of the story, slow the hell down.

Give your training the time it deserves. It’s not just beasting yourself for an hour, it’s a process and your body deserves the best.