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Eur J Appl Physiol. 2016 Apr;116(4):863-4. doi: 10.1007/s00421-016-3341-y. Epub 2016 Feb 20.

The mind-muscle connection in resistance training: friend or foe?

Author information

1
School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA, Australia. Israel.halperin@ausport.gov.au.
2
Department of Physiology, Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Israel.halperin@ausport.gov.au.
3
Kinesiology Program, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

Abstract

The results of Calatayud et al. (Eur J Appl Physiol, 2015. doi: 10.1007/s00421-015-3305-7 ) indicate that focusing on the pectoralis major and triceps brachii muscles during bench press exercise selectively enhanced their activation, and thus suggest a training strategy. However, the authors did not discuss the well-established negative effects that focusing on specific muscle groups has on exercise performance. For proper perspective of the results and their practical utility, it is helpful to note the interplay between negative and positive effects of different focus conditions.

KEYWORDS:

Attentional focus; Hypertrophy; Instructions; Motor learning

PMID:
26896956
DOI:
10.1007/s00421-016-3341-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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