HOW TO DO IT:
Extending your time under tension is one of the best ways to elicit change, and the 1.5-rep technique is an excellent TUT formula. The idea is to double the workload in the bottommost portion of a move — the part where strength and force production are usually at their weakest — helping you developing strength where you had none before. The measured pace of this technique also eliminates the “rebound” effect on things like squats and descending motions — that bouncing at the bottom of the move that generates momentum to help you return to the start. This way, your muscles are forced to work harder and your joints and connective tissues are protected, translating into better results.