It’s a classic
One that even personal trainers fall in to
Its so easy to get caught up on individual muscles to target
Or individual muscles to activate
As we speak someone in a Solihull gym or Birmingham gym will be doing their ‘ab session’
But this can often be a hindrance to your training
You may have weak gluteal muscles that are making you slow, inefficient and injury prone when you move?
Underperforming lower traps that are causing clunks, aches and impingement through your shoulders and referred pain in to your neck?
While its key you address these as they are limiting you…
Its equally critical you don’t make a vintage error when doing so, let me dwell…
In the last decade researchers have looked at how your muscles activate when your in different situations
Most importantly, when you do an exercise targeted at a muscle and either:
- Focusing soley on recruiting the specific muscle(s) using an internal cue
- Focusing soley on performing a movement with an external cue which can recruit these muscle(s)
In general the findings show the second method provides a superior killer blow!
I.e. it causes GREATER RECRUITMENT compared to the former
Many people and personal trainers will talk about ‘turning on’ specific muscles to improve performance during an exercise
However, in general, as this cheeky bit of science shows…
By focusing on performing a movement with an external cue, like pushing to an object, gripping, or lifting to a point, you get….
More recruitment where you need it + a superior training stimulus = greater results in your strength, posture, performance and injury resistance
Ever wondered why I’m always telling you to lift to the roof? 😉
Dave ‘method behind the madness’ Cripps