The Mind-Muscle Connection is a well-researched but largely misunderstood bodybuilding concept. This concept is utilized by all at the elite level.
This article will summarize what the Mind-Muscle Connection is and how you can use it to optimize your progress in the gym.
The mind-muscle connection is the focus that you have on your muscle while you are lifting. If you have a stronger focus on the muscle you will achieve a better contraction. Strengthening the connection and improving the results you will see in the gym.
This connection will increase engagement of the targeted muscle fibers as well as release a key neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is essential for the proper functioning of your muscles and will further strengthen this connection.
How to Utilize the Mind Muscle Connection
1. Think about the muscle you are training
Consciously think about the muscle and feel the contraction rather than just going through the motions.
2. Hold the contraction at the top of the lift
Holding the contraction will help you get more in tune with the feeling of your muscle.
3. Flex your muscles in between sets
Who doesn’t love flexing in the mirror in between sets? And now you can also get the benefit of strengthening your mind-muscle connection.
4. Tap your muscles as you lift
Tapping the muscle will help you to visualize the muscle and improve internal focus.
5. Slow your workouts down
Slowing your workouts down can be a great way to feel your muscle working.
6. Use the Pulse Device
The Pulse Device is a great addition to any lifter who wants to strengthen their mind-muscle connection. Using this device as you lift will give you an elite level mind-muscle connection to bring your workouts to the next level.