Free Time Under Tension Training Plan
Time under tension training was something I looked at over a decade ago after college. It was influenced by some of the work by Charles Staley as well as Dave Tate. One of the things athletes may have a hard time understanding is slowing down. Many sports require maximum speed and power output, and a lot of the time our training mimics that. This was true for me as a football player.
Being able to switch from a “sets and reps” mindset to a “total work performed” mindset may be beneficial to some athletes. Also, you may just want a new routine that is guaranteed to be challenging. The way this works is you will forget about reps, and just set a timer. There are various apps on your phone for this. You will perform whatever exercise you are on until that timer is done and the alarm sounds. One of the pros of this approach is that you don’t have to focus on counting or anything else but performing the lift, which may allow you to focus more on connecting with the muscles being worked vs. just going through the motions with the movement. One thing I cannot stress enough—start light! Do a warm-up set with a weight you think is very light and you will still see that it is challenging. Every week the time under tension will increase. You can focus on slower eccentrics or just perform the reps at the same pace and perform more reps.
I remember I sent this to several of my friends and they loved it. Looking back at it, I remember it being a lot of fun!