Mind Muscle Connection. The brain controls your muscular action through a series of neuro-muscular connections. For anybody doing exercise this is very important because it determines the quality of the actual motion you are performing. This forms part the quality of the stimulation. But a more common reference could be form. The mind muscle connection greatly affects your form when lifting weights.
Just about everybody you talk to will tell you form is very important, even if most people don’t know what the correct form is. But form is very much a mental exercise. Correct form requires concentration as the brian controls the motion and makes constant adjustment to muscles that stabilizes and so on. After a while, this becomes second nature and you don’t have to think about it anymore.
Another factor that affects this is how tired you are. You are more likely to have bad form at the end of a set that at the beginning. This is because your body get tired and your concentration reduces as the exercise goes on. Brain phycology plays a role here, your body is more likely to remember the last thing you did, so if your form was bad at the end of a set, you are actually re-enforcing that bad motions because the brain remembers that.
Actively improving your mind muscle connection helps a great deal with your form, which in turn means faster and better results. The problem is that most people don’t actively work on form besides their actual workouts. Here are two tip to help.
Firstly, I have a concept called “motion consolidation”. It is a simply way for you to improve your form after a set. Once you have completed the exercise, perform the motion with no weights but at a quarter of the speed. The idea is that after your set you perform the motion in perfect form as slow as you need to so the brain remembers the last thing as the perfect motion. This re-enforces the motion and your brain is more likely to remember that path.
The next thing is balance. Improving balance helps create tons of new little pathways to muscles you never knew you had. Performing some basic exercises on one leg for instance is a lot harder than you think. A simple way to get into this is to do dumbbell curls while standing on one leg. Once you get the hang of that, try it on a Bosu ball, with two feet first I must warn, then try it on one leg while on the ball. You can now extrapolate the principal in to tons of exercises that force you to balance. Doing a few at the end of your workout will go a long way toward improving your overall training results.