MUSCLE MIND CONNECTION
Hello Fit fam, today we are talking about muscle mind connection, and to be honest i’ve always been obsessed with muscle mind connection even before i knew what it was exactly.
What is Muscle mind Connection?
This is basically activating a muscle mentally. That’s it.!
Ever since i started workout 10+ years ago, i have always wanted to feel my muscles working, that way i know i ain’t just wasting time considering my aim has always been growing muscle.
I have practiced this both in Calisthenics and Bodybuilding and the results make me look like I’m on enhancements .
For example my Leg, Back , Chest and Abs training has always been so deep for me as they were my main focus ever since. I remember doing my pull-ups slow as i squinted my eyes to ensure that i concentrate on flexing and contracting my lats(wings) instead of my biceps because my focus was developing a wide Back.
This brings me to my next point; Experimenting Mind muscle connection with compound exercises.
Compound exercises are those that require more than one muscle activation.
SUPINATED PULL-UPS (palm facing you)
You can do these to either activate your lats or your Biceps. This requires mind muscle
connection. If I’m working Biceps with this exercises, I literally have to close my eyes to
imagine my biceps lifting my body and squeeze at the top then lower my body in a controlled manner to feel the biceps stretch.
PUSH UPS OR BENCH PRESS
Our focus here will either be to activate the Triceps or the Pectoral muscles(Chest).
To activate the Triceps, we commonly bring our arms close to the body as we perform the
exercise and to activate the chest, we literally slightly place our arms outside shoulder width
and perfect the exercise but also close grip hand placement will activate the inner chest.
Clearly we can see that even different angles will have to play a part in Muscle mind
HIP-THRUST ; ROMANIAN DEAD LIFTS ; SQUATS.
Now here is a tough one for many of us. Muscles activated here are the Gluteus (Buttocks),
Hamstrings(Hammies) and Quads.
Let me start with Squats. Try Squatting with focus on Hamstrings, then squat with focus on
Quads, then squat with focus on Glutes , do all this mentally as you execute the exercise.
I trust you’ll have an interesting observation. Well no matter how much focus you put in all
these three muscle groups, you’ll notice that Quad activation will be the dominant one while
That’s it for today , i’ll see you in the next blog post, for part 2 of muscles mind connection.