Activate Correct Muscles
Often I see people giving a great effort in their workouts and still not seeing their desired results. This generally comes from lacking one of the above principles. I really can’t emphasize this enough. These are make-or-break principles! A person could train for a lifetime and if they are not utilizing these methods, they won’t ever see their potential fulfilled. Click here to look back at my blog post describing the importance of these three principles.
Correct position is a great start but there is more. You then have to engage the correct muscles. And it goes even further than that. You then have to engage those correct muscles as powerfully as you possibly can (max effort). Sounds simple enough in theory but this is very challenging. However, once you start executing in this way, you will feel like a whole new person…the superhero version of yourself! And these principles apply to any age, gender, occupation, etc.
For the rest of this week, I want you to continue focusing on proper position…and also engaging the correct muscles within that position. This can be as simple as literally just taking a moment before you begin an exercise and visualizing the perfect position and the right muscles “turning on”. Body builders often do this to get the most out of a set. An example would be doing a bicep curl while focusing on stimulating your biceps. Simple, right? This increases blood flow to the area you are working and also creates a more powerful connection from your brain to the area being worked.
You can even practice this when you are not training. Sitting at the desk? Sit up tall with good posture, like a squat. Then when you stand up, stand up powerfully like you would in a proper squat.
The goal here is for you to start feeling good position (and avoiding bad position) in everything you do: sitting down and standing up, walking up/down stairs, picking up a baby, etc. You are always an athlete…even when you are doing desk work 😉
Next week, I will break down the best ways to create max effort levels in your training…and how to do it safely at any age and at any level of strength.
Living a life of athleticism,