03-26-2019, 08:04 AM #1
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Mind Muscle Connection for Growth
All of our muscle contractions are controlled by neurons from the brain and spinal cord. By focusing on a specific muscle while working out, we can increase the neuronal activity to the specific muscle, meaning more muscle fibers will be activated by the nervous system.
This is called Mind-Muscle connection.
Most people fail this because of lifting with too heavy weights or/and doing the exercise too fast.
Another phenomenon known as mental training (mentally thinking of a muscle without performing physical exercise), enhances the signals to the muscles and thus leads to a higher activation level and when done correctly can increase strength. In this study, two groups were trained to perform “mental contractions” of two different muscles (finger abduction and elbow flexion).
After their 12 week mental training program strength significantly increased (35% and 13.5%).
In conclusion – think of the muscle you’re working out to get stronger!
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