Reach Your Potential

28 Feb

Have you ever witnessed this?

Person A, who by most people’s standards looks small and weak, out lift another individual (Person B) who you would assume is capable of lifting a small car.

I’m sure that you have, it’s actually pretty common. So how does this work?

A person can be greatly limited by not being able to tap into their potential.

What does this mean?

Each muscle in the body has a force potential. This is the amount of force a muscle could potentially create if fully activated and the true measure of absolute strength.

“What is not often appreciated is the fact that resistance training is really force training, which requires the muscles to produce force against an external resistance (e.g. weights, elastic bands, water or specialized machines) (Siff).”

Different individuals are capable of recruiting different percentages of their strength potential.

“…untrained folks might only be able to voluntarily put out around 50% of their potential absolute force in a given task. Trained athletes with years of experience can approach 85-90%. (Bagget)”

To understand this variance requires us to understand the primary duty of the Central Nervous System (CNS). The CNS is responsible for sending signals to our skeletal muscle to activate and produce force. The more efficient our CNS is at delivering these signals the more able we are to recruit maximally and thus exert more force, more expeditiously. Under a broad umbrella this level of signal efficiency is known as a intramuscular coordination.

So how does the average person improve intramuscular coordination, force production, and reach their potential?

Big lifts. Done Right. Done Heavy.

Why is this important?

Because this is how you get stronger.

Why should you get stronger?

Because you want to be healthier, you want to perform better, and you want to look better.

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One Response to “Reach Your Potential”

  1. Mary Lou Sauro March 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Well said Greg.

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