Time Under Tension (TUT): The Balcony View

Building muscle requires a few key elements. The three main ones are mechanical tension, muscle damage, and metabolic stress. Mechanical tension is basically how much load the muscle can bear. The metabolic stress part essentially says that if you challenge the system with less rest, you’ll get a greater training effect. This is why if you take an hour rest between sets, you might not see a great result. 

The middle factor (muscle damage) is a nuanced one. A great way to manipulate muscle damage is with a key concept called “time under tension.” In the body, tine under tension (TUT) is correlated with adaptation. 

This is the microcosm of a much bigger idea.

In the generalities of life, time under tension stays relevant, doesn’t it? The most talented players new to the league need time under tension to become the impact players they can be. Young drivers who ace the exam still need time in the driver’s seat to hone the realities of being a great driver. You get the idea.  

At a certain point, all other things created equal, there is no escaping the need for time under tension in whatever environment we’re looking to adapt towards greatness in.

7/11/24 WOD

DEUCE Athletics GPP

Complete 3 rounds of the following:
8 Tempo Front Squats (41×1)

Complete 3 rounds for quality of:
8 Wide Grip RDLs
12 Roller DB Lateral Lunges (ea)
:20 Hanging Leg Raise Hold

Complete 3 rounds for time:
12 alt DB Snatches (50/30)
24 Double Unders
7th Street Corner Run



Paused Bench Press

Complete 3 rounds for quality of:
12 Close Grip DB Floor Presses
12 Trap 3 Raises – Left
12 Trap 3 Raises – Right

Then, complete 4 rounds for time of:
4 Alt DB Snatches (90/60)
16 Cal Row