Your brain is as im­por­tant for build­ing strength as any kit

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

In­clud­ing why strongman is for you

Any self-help book will tell you pos­i­tive think­ing is vi­tal for suc­cess, but re­cent re­search pub­lished in the Jour­nal Of Neu­ro­phys­i­ol­ogy shows men­tal strength can ac­tu­ally be trans­lated into phys­i­cal gains. Two groups per­formed wrist ex­er­cises de­signed to in­duce weak­ness, with one group also vi­su­al­is­ing strong mus­cle con­trac­tions. Th­ese sub­jects per­formed sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter at testing, sug­gest­ing the mind is a key com­po­nent of strength. Time to visu­alise your­self smash­ing through sets as part of your pre­work­out rou­tine. Who knows? It might even help you win friends and in­flu­ence peo­ple at the gym.

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