How To Lift For Shredding: Time Under Tension

How To Lift For Shredding: Time Under Tension

Today, we’re going to talk about a crucial concept in strength training called "Time Under Tension" (TUT). If you’re looking to build muscle and improve your workout efficiency, understanding TUT can be a game-changer.

Watch this quick video from Ryan on how to implement TUT:

What is Time Under Tension?

Time Under Tension refers to the total amount of time a muscle is under strain during a set of an exercise. This includes the lifting (concentric), holding (isometric), and lowering (eccentric) phases of a movement. The idea is that the longer your muscles are under tension, the more muscle fibers are activated, leading to greater muscle growth and strength gains.

Why is TUT Important?

  1. Muscle Growth: Prolonged tension on the muscles increases metabolic stress and muscle damage, two key factors for muscle growth. By extending the duration your muscles work, you stimulate more muscle fibers.
  2. Increased Intensity: Focusing on TUT can make lighter weights feel heavier, increasing workout intensity without the need for additional equipment or heavier weights.
  3. Improved Form: Slowing down your movements to increase TUT helps ensure proper form and technique, reducing the risk of injury and maximizing the effectiveness of each rep.

Incorporating Time Under Tension into your workouts can significantly enhance muscle growth and strength gains. By focusing on the duration your muscles are under strain, you can make lighter weights more challenging and ensure better form.

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