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    Main lifts quicker/ Assistance lifts with slow tempo?

    Is it a bad idea to do your assistance movements with an internationally slow temp if you do your main lifts with a normal tempo? Normal meaning quick but not explosive.

    My thought is that you are working the muscles more and stimulating the CNS less. Do any experienced lifters have thoughts?
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    Originally Posted by Bailout987 View Post
    Is it a bad idea to do your assistance movements with an internationally slow temp if you do your main lifts with a normal tempo? Normal meaning quick but not explosive.

    My thought is that you are working the muscles more and stimulating the CNS less. Do any experienced lifters have thoughts?
    You should always aim to perform the concentric portion of your main lifts as quick as possible, while maintaining proper form and control. For you assistance movements, rep tempo is just another variable you can manipulate to trigger hypertrophy, no different than sets and reps.
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    Explosive on concentric, control eccentric.
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    I wouldn’t overthink it. If you enjoy doing it that way and your lifts are going up, keep doing it.
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