It's ine way of inducing metabolic stress. Time Under Tension Training: Bodybuilding vs Powerlifting In a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research , two groups of trained men took part in either a bodybuilding-type (3 sets of 10 reps) or powerlifting-type (7 sets of 3 reps) routine [ 2 ]. TUT isn't as important per se as metabolic stress in general. Some lifts are better for one, some are better for the other and most are best when done in some ratio. Back to your original question, if you have one person that increases the weight, and one person that never increases the weight and only increases time under tension, the person who increased the weight is definitely gonna gorw more. Close. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Why is this not true for all muscles then? Other exercises it's just better for growth, for example varied speed pullups or varied speed ab exercises. Whether that means adjusting exercises, rep ranges, number of sets, heavy vs light weight. I use to be all about heavy weights, until I ended up in rehab with 2 subplexed knee caps and wrist tendonopathy. So really progressive overload is the key (and volume). Time under tension vs Heavier weight. Bingo. So I currently follow a RPT progressive overload plan. Assuming the rep ranges would be close to the same, which one would have a greater effect? I would say time under tension. I like it alot, seem to be making gains, but wondering if I lowered weight and did more TUT focus if I would reap more rewards than just trying to hit a higher weight. Both really, progressive overload is the king really; although TUT is just harder to measure and know your progressing it up 100%. Bicep curl 21s or whatever you call them, are incredible at putting on size for your biceps, because the movement is forced to be slow and controlled. I'm hoping someone can provide a link to a study or something comparing the effects. It would make sense for the longer to muscle is worked would equate to the more it would grow.. but I've also heard weight is king. 1. Number of sets near muscular failure vastly outweighs both. I wanna make sure I can lift for the rest of my life. What have you experienced as far as muscular development? Time under tension vs Heavier weight. That said, I firmly believe that metabolic stress and progressive overload are equally important. The list goes on. Time under tension is another one of these methods, but it … On the other hand, there are people who thinm progressive overload is all that matters and if you didn't increase the weight, you wasted your time. For example, OARs are best done slow, Pendlay rows have to be done fast and back squats are best trained fast most of the time but slow occasionally to really 'set' the groove for a certain weight. And this also means increased TUT in a way, in the form of TOTAL TIME UNDER TENSION per exercise, which is probably more important than TUT per rep. Is their a graph etc of the number of sets that should be done per week for each specific body part ? Someone who just focuses on progressive overload is not going to get all of the same benefits. Posted by 3 years ago. Time under tension, pumps, exercises the give a deep stretch, etc. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Discussion of physical fitness/exercise goals and how they can be achieved, Press J to jump to the feed. Basically, this In your experience, which is more important to stimulate hypertrophy. I only have anecdotal evidence, but I've started focusing on time under tension with perfect form. Heavy weight without enough rest takes its toll on the body. Archived. in the world, but if you don't ever up the weight, you're not gonna grow. For your long-term progress, progressive overload is necessary because your workouts need to get harder and harder to make your body adapt. This releases a lot of localized growth factors that encourage hypertophy. all create stress on the muscle. Bicep curl 21s or whatever you call them, are incredible at putting on size for your biceps, because the movement is forced to be slow and controlled, which means the muscle is working for a longer time.