Reply To: Can Someone Explain Tempo Column? Login › Forums › Fat Loss › Can Someone Explain Tempo Column? › Reply To: Can Someone Explain Tempo Column? September 8, 2020 at 3:39 pm #1125 Daniel Taylor-ShautParticipant To further clarify you start the count based on the movement. So a pullup, a curl, a deadlift rep would all start with the third number. A back squat rep, a pushup would start with the first number. It depends with what action the exercise begins: a lowering or a lifting? But based on that you proceed with the tempo count as I explained above for the rest of the exercise.