Achieving a Mind Muscle Connection is imperative when it comes to targeting and stimulating the desired muscle group you are attempting to grow during an exercise. When it comes to performing an exercise, there are two ways you can go about visualising the exercise occurring:
- Simply visualise the weight moving from Point A to Point B
- Focus on the desired muscle group that you are attempting to grow and stimulate
By focusing on the latter, you will need to truly visualise the resistance that is being added, forcing the desired muscle group to contract. By doing so, you can ensure that it is indeed those muscles that will be responsible for driving the movement. Otherwise, by focusing simply on the weight simply getting from Point A to Point B, you may recruit other muscle groups which you aren’t trying to stimulate. Therefore, you won’t stimulate as many fibres in the muscle you are trying to target, and as a result, won’t place that muscle under enough tension to break down and grow larger and stronger.
If you need to start with lighter weight in order to truly feel the individual muscle you are trying to target, then do so. If you are lifting too heavy, the load may be too much for that muscle group to handle on it’s own, and you’ll recruit surrounding supporting muscles in order to complete the movement successfully. This will take away from stimulating the desired muscle and its containing fibres which is paramount to growth, so don’t be afraid to lighten the load, because you’ll actually be able to isolate and stimulate that muscle far better! And the result of this is more muscle fibre tears and more recovery and growth.