12 Jul Why Slow is Better
In this post we explain why “go slow”, “slow it down” or “four counts” is our mantra during class!
Exercising using a very slow tempo, or “effective tempo” as Sebastien Lagree calls it, forces the body to use as many muscle fibres as possible. Effective tempo will activate your Slow-Twitch Muscle Fibres which are your endurance, fat-burning, toning and sculpting muscle fibre.
During exercise the body naturally wants to take the path of least resistance but by focusing on the movement and slowing it down, you will forces your muscles to make a greater effort. If you perform exercises quickly your body uses momentum which has a greater risk of injury.
Performing the Lagree method slowly and with control adds to maximum muscle contraction on both the positive and negative side of the repetition. This ensures the muscles are kept tight and strong.
Ultimately slow is better as greater muscle activation leads to less wear and tear on the joints.