It may sound unreasonable and opposite of what we have known, but slowing down your workout can help you to speed up the results. The simple reason being- your muscles have three basic contractions-concentric (they shorten), isometric (they stay the same length), and eccentric (they lengthen).
When the eccentric phase is focussed on and is slowed down, your muscles are under tension for longer period of time, and so your body uses more energy to build and repair them. It may not get your heart racing like an indoor cycling class does, but it boosts metabolism. Researchers have found that eccentric-focused training can increase your post-workout calorie burn by up to 7 percent for as long as 72 hours.
Get the most out of every workout move with this simple 15 minute workout to get your full body toned. It is meant to build lean muscle tone, fast. Remember to do the first and third moves slowly (taking five seconds to lower) through the first time, and the second and fourth moves at a normal speed; the second time, reverse the pattern (doing the first and third moves at a normal pace). Keep alternating for seven minutes, resting as needed between the moves. Reverse the order (start with the dip), and complete another seven-minute round using the same pattern.
Time is precious, and you will thank yourself in the following 15 days if you are steady with your workout routine for choosing this focussed exercise programme. The single best gift you can give your body is switching to a more efficient routine.
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