Bottomline Bodybuilding

*Perform a set of any particular exercise for a bodypart once every half-hour throughout the day. Although the effort will seem minimal, at the end of the day you'll total over 20 sets -- and you'll feel it the next day!

*Use a metronome. (They can be purchased in any music store. You don't need anything elaborate, just something that will "click" in time.) Count the amount of clicks it takes to complete each phase of a rep and try to match it every time. You'll be surprised how much it makes you concentrate on your technique!

Here's another somewhat radical experiment. Instead of working a specific bodypart for 10 sets, try working it for 2 sets -- five days in a row! It's still the total time of work, isn't it? I'm not suggesting this method is optimal, but it might be fun to see how you react to it.

Here's one that requires a lot of free time, but if you're stuck in the house on a rainy day, you may want to give it a go. Pick any exercise, such as a barbell curl, and do one set every half hour, each half hour, for a total of 20 sets. Obviously, you won't get much of a pump going, but it's a sure bet your arms will be sore the next day!

The very opposite technique works well too. Try completing 10 sets in as short a time period as possible. You'll save a hell of a lot of time, and once again, you'll know you worked out when you feel the soreness the next day.

It may be impossible to accurately determine if training at various speeds is preferable to performing sets at a consistent cadence yet one thing is certain -- changing tempo and time between sets is another variable in the training process and it's variety that keeps the gains coming.

The next time you work out, experiment with time under tension. Keep a log of the length of each set so that you'll know exactly how long you actually exercised. In this way, whenever you try a new routine or use different poundages, you'll have a better understanding of just how hard you're really working! You'll also add another dimension to your training program. And while you're at it, there's a good chance you'll wind up with more muscle. Perfecting the Time Under Tension method may take a little more work...but it's time well spent.

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