…3 second eccentrics?
I’ve read the articles on this site regarding tempo and I’ve also read Ian King’s new book…I see ‘311’ in a lot of these programs as being the prescribed tempo.
Prior to a few months ago, I had never in my life paid attention to tempo other than to make sure I controlled the weight on the eccentric and did not use momentum between the eccentric and concentric.
So I decided to try a ‘311’ tempo for the last two months…I hate it. I don’t mind the pause, and I wouldn’t mind a 2 second eccentric as much, but using three seconds to lower a weight feels as if the whole workout is about how much weight I can lower. To me, that’s the shit part of training…making it nearly the entire focus makes me not want to even train. In addition, DURING a repetition, I feel as though all of my attention is devoted to timing the lifts…I even lose my rep count half of the time.
But there is a part of me that is of the opinion that these slower eccentrics (slower than I’m used to, anyway) must be beneficial if everyone is touting them (I’ve only read one article on this website where an author explicitly said that he doesn’t worry about time under tension because he thinks it takes focus away from the more important portion of the lift.) So I’m gonna keep trying them, hoping that I develop some level of affinity for them.
I wanna know how many of you actually follow these (relatively) slow rep tempos? Do you like them, or do you just do them because they are recommended? And have you noticed any acceleration of progress since you’ve begun using them?