Mind Muscle Connection and How to Train it.

Muscle size does not always correlate directly with muscle strength. The belief that stronger athletes will have bigger muscles does not always hold true. If you look back in time and look at strength performers, who seemed to be unbelievably strong, did not necessarily have large muscles.  They do have a strong Mind Muscle Connection!

These acts of strength come down to the mind muscle connection, your minds ability to activate more muscle fibers.



Your Muscles Are Controlled by your mind

Your brain sends a signal to your muscles which in turn activate them as per the demand of the task. This signal is received by the motor cortex. This is a part of the brain that consists of one-to-one mapping between body areas and that controls movement and is responsible for feedback from touch.

So the signal originates here and then it travels through the body, following the central nervous system. Eventually, it reaches the ‘neuro-muscular junction’ where the signal jumps across to engage muscle fibers. The strength of this signal is partly responsible for how many muscle fibers fire at once and for which fibers in particular fire.

This is your mind muscle connection. Because the stronger the signal you’re able to send, the more power you’ll be able to generate from the same amount of muscle.

And here’s the thing: right now, you are probably of engaging only around 20-40% of your muscle fiber at once. That means that you have at least 60% of your strength that you can’t tap into.

Want proof? Then consider what happens when someone is electrocuted and thrown across the room: they fly through the air not because of the force of the energy but because their muscles completely contract!



Strengthen the Connection

So how do you strengthen this connection? One simple strategy is simply to train the connection by using it more. That means lifting 100% of your 1RM, it means pulling against an immovable force (called ‘overcoming isometrics’) and it means concentrating more on your muscles as you use them.

On top of this, you can also train harder by increasing your production of excitatory neurotransmitters like dopamine, adrenaline and acetylcholine. Studies show that you can do this even by just shouting – when we shout, it causes us to release hormones that help us tap into more of our own potential and lift even heavier weights!

There is no better time then NOW to get started!  By on your way to increased strength by signing up for my Lean Muscle Explosion Program!!

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