Get The Most Out Of Your Workouts!
The mind-muscle connection is a real thing that happens inside of your body and influences neuromuscular dynamics. It is the ability to increase the number of muscle fibers being recruited when you perform an exercise. If you focus on having a high intensity mindset, this will be easier to accomplish. At the neuromuscular junction, your brain releases a chemical neurotransmitter called “Acetylcholine” to communicate with the muscles in the body. When you focus on the muscle at work you will get more quality muscle contractions and better results.
Targeting muscles gets easier as you practice doing it. One way to get started is to spend time flexing specific muscles so you learn how to active them independently of each other. As you get better at this, then focus on a specific exercise as an isolation. Once you master this, then add weight or reps. It’s a process to make sure you are targeting the correct muscle for the workout you are performing. Isolate to Integrate!
When working out, many people forget that there are primary and secondary muscles that move during any exercise. To perform the exercise optimally, you must make sure you are focusing on the muscle that you are trying to work. For example, if you are working on bicep curls but your shoulders are pulled up and tense, then you are taking less work off the bicep and spreading it to your shoulders as well. Then, not only do you get less work for your biceps but you end up with tight shoulders.
You can apply the same type of thinking during a cardio workout. Let’s say you are punching a bag. While the shoulders, biceps, triceps, and core are all working during a punch (assuming you are performing it correctly), then use your mind muscle connection to target one of the muscles you want to build more. Think about that muscle as you perform the punch each time.
The good news is that the mind-muscle connection is as simple as it sounds! Thinking about the muscles you’re trying to target is a simple but effective place to start. It’s time to start training smarter not harder. Train your brain to use the mind-muscle connection and reach your full potential.
This program incorporates basic kickboxing techniques with four different types of classes, each targeting two fitness skills.
Author: Jennifer Salama of Optavia.
Jennifer is the co-owner of a martial arts and fitness studio and is the Content Creator of SKILLZ Worldwide. She has embraced the Optavia program and incorporated it into her business as a tool to help her clients achieve a healthy lifestyle.