I lifted weights for about six years before I opened my personal training studio.
Yet, even with all those years behind me, I’d naively assumed none of it had become second nature.
I prided myself on my ability to break resistance training down into its most basic form and convey that information to beginners.
I *always* spent time with clients discussing body position, breathing, tempo, stretching before we ever hoisted a weight.
I was aware of the importance of building a solid foundation with my clients information-wise and only after that putting all we’d discussed into practice.
I was prideful.
I didn’t realize this youngpride until an exchange with a new client made me do the proverbial *facepalm* at my failing to stress the importance of the mind/body connection.
I instructed my client to do a set of squats.
After he finished I asked him to identify for me where he “felt” the exercise.
After a long pause he announced:
In my right calf.
And cue a long pause/Ah ha! moment on my end.
A much needed mind/muscle connection discussion ensued (highlights of which are in the vlog below).
Too busy for a vlog?
Swinging by my neck of the net
whilst hiding from yer boss at work?
Here’s the condensed version:
- Exercise is 100% like life. You can muddle through with little focus and get MEH results. MENTAL FOCUS = GREATER SUCCESS.
- The more you *shut out* distraction & visualize muscles working during exercise the better you’ll succeed in working/contracting muscle groups. The more you contract/work muscles the more rapidly (according to those more “expert” than I) muscle definition will appear.
- Harness the power of the tunes during workouts—but don’t 100% tune out from what you’re doing OR let them distract you from proper form, tight core or tempo.
- Remember, if you can completely zone out (if your body does your routine as if it’s second nature) you’ve hit an exercise rut. Challenge the mind. Challenge the body.
150 spare seconds to toss my way?
You can hear the tips I shared with my SquattingClient below.
- Do you make an effort to focus on the muscles you’re working when you exercise?
- Are your workouts better/STRONGER when you think about anything BUT the workout?