The idea states that you have to keep the muscle in a state of tension for a certain period of time in order for change to occur.
The problem is that each person is created differently. We often get into the bad habit of thinking that “one size fits all”.
“If I do a 5 second concentric, 4 second eccentric and a 6 second isometric I’ll have the magic formula that is better than every other formula out there.”
I hate to break it to you but it doesn’t exist.
We need to get less “heady” when it comes to fitness. We need to get back to movement. We need to feel how our bodies are breathing while we are struggling to perform our reps.
Learn to control your breath, both on the outward and the inward, while you do your extreme calisthenics and you’ll experience a flow of energy like you’ve never felt before.
How do you fix “time under tension”?
Synchronize your breath with each concentric and eccentric rep.
The “time under tension” should be as long as it takes you to totally exhale and inhale.
Try it the next time you workout. Slow your reps waaaaay down. If you really want a challenge breathe and move so slow that a bystander would think you are still.
How’s that for time under tension?