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Slow down! No, I’m not talking about your hustle and bustle lifestyle that can sometimes seem like a whirlwind, but yes slow that down too. I’m talking about your movement in the gym when you are training your body. As we venture into the general fitness scene today we see that intensity is highly sought after and with good reason. However, I’m here today to bring your attention to the value of tempo training (slowing down) and why it could be what you are missing in your training not just for the gains but your overall joint health as well.
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This is something that has echoed in my head throughout my life. I’m not even sure where I first heard it from, but without a doubt it was several sources. Does this analogy apply to everyone? Or is it only terms of “first come, first serve” type approach, which would make sense when what you are seeking is in limited quantities. Many of you reading this may be thinking the worm is money, or your reward for the effort of which you put in, but I think we can use this quote another way.
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What drives me? Where is it taking me? Where am I going? Have you asked yourself these questions in a while? These are questions I often ask myself to “check in” on my life. Let me explain a bit. It is a very common thing to hear people talk about the necessity of “finding your why”. Your “Why”, is the purpose of your actions. It can be a source of motivation or inspiration but essentially it is what drives you. What people fail to communicate clearly when talking about this “Why” is that it’s actually a very fluid thing. Your “Why” may not be the same tomorrow as it is today, is that ok? Absolutely. Not only is it ok, but it’s expected to change that way. 
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March 2020. What will we think when we look back at that time? Will it seem as though we were living and interacting like neanderthals? Will Covid-19 be the first many new illnesses that force us to live differently amongst each other not just socially but also to make a living? One thing is for sure, we’ve learned a lot through this situation. But more than anything, if you are reading this article then you are ready for it to be done with! We want to get back to work, back to the gym, back to our communities and friends and gatherings and parties. Sure, things may look different, we may execute differently but we know we can create a “new normal”.
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Consistency wins. Have you ever heard that expression? It’s true in anything that you choose to pursue. Right now, particularly in fitness training, we are excited about the results that “intensity” provides. Due to this excitement people chase the heaviest lifts, the most “pukey” looking conditioning or the hardest challenge they can find for the gym that day. And with good reason! Intensity provides the greatest return on our efforts when it comes to “bang for the buck”. If you train with proper intensity you can spend less time in the gym, less days a week and still get better results than someone in there that is practically standing around and socializing with their time. The downside is that if you aren’t familiar with the best training strategy or you don't have a personal coach then you can end up on the wrong side of intensity and wind up hurt or even burnt out from your training efforts.
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