Playing Around With Tempo In The Med Ball Push Up

In the video below you will see osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy performing a med ball push up whereby he is focusing on a slow eccentric lower, a short pause at the bottom and then fast push.  Adjusting the tempo of ones lift can change the exercise greatly and the outcome of the training.  I will usually look at the tempo in the following way with numbers (using the med ball push up as an example)  0 – 6 -1 – 1 (no time held at top, 6 seconds down, 1 second hold at bottom, 1 second to push up).  This makes each rep a 8 second rep, therefore 8 reps is a 1 min 4 sec set.  So one can greatly impact on the time under tension for the exercise which will yield very different results to the person who is taking 4 seconds per rep (32 second set).

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.  Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading osteopathy clinics.  Principle Four Osteopathy is located in the heart of the Melbourne City CBD at Level 4, 178 Collins st.  We are located within Pleasance House across the road from the Regent Theatre near the corner of Collins St and Swanston st within Melbourne City CBD.  You can access our osteopathy clinic easily via trams on collins st or swantston st and we are only a short walk away from Flinders St Station, Parliament and Melbourne Central train station. Book an appointment online at or call us on 03 9670929