Ever heard of the 1992 Yue and Cole study on comparison of training with maximal voluntary and imagined muscle contractions.....I thought I would share!
Well, they had two groups of people "perform" a strength training protocol. The first group trained their left hand muscles for 5 sessions per week for four weeks. Like any reputable study on strength enhancement, the movement had to be isolated and simple to eliminate other complex variables that occur with larger motor tasks. Basically, they abducted their left pinky finger against resistance.... The other group? They imagined doing the same movement with the same effort and frequency. Yes, they simply thought about the exercise, but didn't move a muscle. And just to make sure that they didn't move a muscle, the researchers hooked them up to an Electromyography (EMG) to make sure they weren't producing any force whatsoever.
Now, for the shocking part: At the end of the study, the group that actually performed the contractions against resistance increased their strength by 30%. But the "imagined contraction" group increased their strength by 22%! It means that we can significantly improve our strength without even contracting our muscles!
We should make an effort daily to think... I mean, really think through the lifts you're trying to improve the most. Our mind plays a key role in the success or failure of any lift, gymnastics movement, skill, distance run, etc. When you're not in the gym, think about your squat, deadlift, bench press, and clean and jerk form. Think about how to move efficiently and effectively. Positive criticism is a must! You have to accept a bad lift, and overly reward yourself for the good ones. Think about the form for whatever movements/ skills you need to improve the most....attack your weaknesses by welcoming your fears!! It's a process....TRUST IT!! 👊🏼
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