Thinking About Your Muscles Makes Them Work Harder!

chest-pressEarlier in the year, I posted about mind muscle control. While it sounds like something from a science fiction movie, mind muscle control is really pretty simple:

Mind-muscle control refers to the feeling of connection between your mind and the muscles that are being worked.

While some of us have a tendency to let our minds wander elsewhere during exercise, turning your attention inward to the muscle being worked can actually result in a more effective workout. But you don’t have to take my word for it.

A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research concluded that thinking about a muscle during exercise makes that muscle work 22% harder.

Why? There are probably a number of reasons. When you’re being mindful about an exercise, you may be less likely to rush through it - or to cheat during a repetition. You might be more likely to maintain proper form and less likely to engage other muscles to help out.

Regardless of the reasoning, the takeaway is clear: Keep your head in the game. Make paying attention to your muscles part of your exercise practice.

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  1. Audrey Petravich says:

    Hey Davey!
    I’ve noticed that after my strength training workouts (upper body), I’m becoming extremely sore and so weak that I can barely push myself up from a sitting position. I try to consume a fair amount of protein to help repair torn muscles and regain strength; I also take aspirin and ice my arms, but nothing seems to be working. I want to start strength training regularly and do this at least twice a week, but I can’t do that if it takes me four days at a time to feel fully energized again. I need some advice! What should I do? Is there some trick to help regain strength and repair muscles quickly?
    - Audrey

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