These muscles are going to blow, get down!

   

This is a tip you can put into practice in your next workout. It involves what fancy people call the Mind Muscle Connection.

The idea is that if you focus on the muscle you are working it will increase the effectiveness of the exercise. For instance, Ahnold Long Last Name Bodybuilder/Actor/Politician used to picture his biceps turning into mountains as he did bicep curls.

Now this may or may not be a goal of yours. And it doesn't work for everything. I sometimes lay in the sun and picture myself being as tan as George Hamilton, but I just end up burnt and peeling. So let's stick to exercise with this technique.

The next time you do any resistance training exercise (weights, bands, bodyweight), I want you to focus on the muscles involved. Picture them working through the full range of motion. Picture how you want that muscle to look. Do that exercise all the way with that muscle.

Let's use the bicep curl for an example again. If you are doing a bicep curl concentrate on your bicep doing all the work. Put an image in your head of that muscle doing all the work. As you raise the weight up and especially as you lower the weight down.

The lowering part, or eccentric contraction in fancy talk, is one that many people neglect. Have you ever lifted a weight and then let it just kind of flop back down on it's own? Um, yeah, don't do that anymore.

Remember to ABC.

Always

Be

in Control of the weight

Start focusing more on muscles and less on the movement you are performing. You will see a lot of people just trying to get the weight up and down, usually with momentum doing most of the work rather than their muscles. Start taking advantage of the mind muscle connection to improve your form and get better results.