Mind Over Body: Can You Imagine a Way To Having Bigger Muscles?

Posted on February 2, 2009 @ 2:28 am
by Rob Molloy

What do you think about when you are lifting weights and body building? This may be the difference between moderate growth and massive growth of muscles.

Hull University in the United Kingdom did research on 30 weightlifters. Their findings show that muscles respond and grow more when the lifters were focused on what the muscles were doing rather than focusing on the weight that they were lifting.

These weightlifting participants did bicep curls after having their muscles hooked up to electrical activity monitors. First, they were asked to focus on their muscle and lifting the weights. Next, they were asked to focus on the up and down movement and the weight. Their findings show that there is more fiber activity taking place while focusing on their muscles. When you have more fiber activity, you have more muscle growth.

Contrary to traditional thinking of focusing on the goal rather than the activity itself may not in reality be the right thing to do. For instance, if a sprinter is asked to focus on leg movements, rather than the finish line, he may perform poorly. If a golfer keeps more focus on muscle movements rather than the hole, which is his aim, he will take more swings. A baseball pitcher focusing on his muscle activity, rather than the strike zone and catcher’s mitt, his performance will be poorer than if he simply focused on pitching the strike.

In all these situations, you must pay attention to your form, as this will aid you in reaching your goals more quickly. However, in general you must focus more on your actual goal. Studies prior to this conclude that by focusing on your goal, you can better achieve that goal.

After reading all of this, you should ask yourself a very important question. What is your weightlifting goal? Is your goal the weight you are lifting or is it the development of your muscles? More than likely while visiting the gym on a daily basis when trying to achieve the physique you want, you have notice how some other individuals concentrate chiefly on the machine or weights they use while working out. You may have even done so yourself. Do you pay more attention to the reps you do or trying to get the weight moving. Studies show that this is not where you should focus your attention.

Your goal is muscle growth. That is your finish line. The number of reps are important, as is making sure that you are using the machine properly or lifting the weight correctly and it is beneficial to learn proper technique. When learning technique, though, you should get to a point where you no longer have to think about it. You have to get to a point where it is in your nature to do it correctly. After you have done that, which in weightlifting shouldn’t take that long, then key in on what your muscles are doing.

In the next several months of working out, do not focus on the difficulty or the reps or how hard it may be to get those weights moving. Do not pay any attention to those individuals who walk past you and do not try to impress them. Rather you should focus on the actual building and development of your muscles. Watch what your muscles are doing. Focus you mind on how those muscles feel and the movements and how they react to various movements.

Once you can do this, you will begin to see more progress and rapid muscle growth. Keep in mind that your brain is the muscle that controls all your other muscles and helps them work better. This will help you achieve the body you want.

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