Can our muscles count reps?
With this question in mind, why do we use repetitions?
In the bodybuilding world, the consensus is 8-10 reps to build lean muscle mass, which correlates to time under tension. So if time under tension is the goal, why do we use speed to go through repetitions?
Most will say “explosive training”.
So, explosive training is speed against resistance.
This now leads us to the question: Why do we use momentum on the concentric if time under tension is the goal?
Training at a slower pace for less reps would be sufficient enough to build muscle, reduce injury and hit the target areas more effectively.
Now that’s out of the way, it would be more accurate to say “reps” should be used as a guideline. We base such huge emphasis on how many we can do. The point should be controlled reps.
If the point of “pain” or “maximum fatigue” is too much at 6 reps, that’s a good indication to stop and drop the weight for the next set.
If 6 reps isn’t hard enough, increase the reps next set.
I aim for at least 3 seconds on the concentric and 3 seconds on the eccentric.
Obviously, a squats’ timing and a bench press’ timing will vary as much as the exercises are different.
Just keep it slow and controlled.
Elyse and Marty