Nervous System Training 101
Simplified Nervous System Training 101: Boosting Strength and Athletic Performance
Hidden within us is an enormous potential for extraordinary strength and performance. Apes, despite having similar muscle mass to humans, possess double our strength and can jump significantly higher. This is due to their lesser grey matter, which enables powerful neural signals to reach their muscles. The key takeaway is that our strength depends on our brain’s signals.
Moreover, the nervous system plays a crucial role in organizing muscle contractions to maximize performance in various activities, from weightlifting to running. It is important to note that training in one mode of endurance may not significantly help in other activities.
To enhance the nervous system’s ability, consider these aspects:
1. Joint instability affects the wiring of power to muscles. Commonly unstable areas include the spine and feet.
2. Training with high intensity contractions can help the body better produce force, improving strength and power.
3. A weak mindset, believing one cannot achieve their goals, causes the nervous system to restrict power, leading to poor results.
Four key points for nervous system training include:
1. Tailor your training to your specific movement needs.
2. Incorporate high velocity, reflexive training.
3. Enhance body connections, allowing more power to be wired by the central nervous system.
4. Train your subconscious mind through encouragement, motivation, positive self-talk, hypnosis, or visualization.
By following these tips and focusing on both physical and mental aspects, you can unlock the potential of your nervous system to enhance strength, athleticism, and overall performance.
Andrew Ilieff - BeFit Training Physio Double Bay
Andrew Ilieff is a physiotherapist based in Double Bay, Sydney. Andrew has successfully treated musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries on the basis of a thorough assessment and diagnosis coupled with evidence-based rehabilitation programs tailored to the needs and goals of each individual. Andrew specialises in lower back rehab, sports injuries and is a leading authority on Strength and Conditioning for Physiotherapists as the co-author of the University Of Technology Sydney Strength and Conditioning for Physiotherapists and casual academic lecturer. To book a consultation, click the link below.