7 Tips for a Safe and Successful Workout : Tip #4 - Tempo

Whether you’re a beginner or a professional athlete, one of the best ways to increase strength safely, while avoiding injury is to consistently maintain correct movement mechanics.

Implementing tempo training into your workout, is a proven way to help you slow down and feel each position from start to finish. This will allow you to replicate proper movement mechanics, and will reveal any flaws in your exercise technique.

For example, count to three while lowering a weight, hold, then count to three while raising it to the starting position. Doing this, and working at the right tempo helps you stay in control, rather than compromising strength gains through momentum, which will exert excess stress on your tendons rather than your muscles.