I love the above pic!
A big part of what I try to accomplish when I train people is to ensure they achieve a mind body connection. Too many people walk through life totally disconnected from their body. I force people to reconnect and develop a relationship between their mind and body which ends up being really good for the soul too!
I ask, “where are you feeling this?”, “can you feel your ___________ working?”, “How did that feel?” This forces people to start making that connection. If they didn’t notice during the first set, I ask them to pay attention in their second and third sets.
In addition, me asking them these questions allows me to also tweak an exercise based on what they are or are not feeling. In some cases, I may need to add an activation exercise so clients learn to feel what a particular muscle feels like in isolation before putting it to use in a fully integrated exercise.
Going through the motions is not enough to gain results. You must be mindful in everything in order to reap the greatest benefits.
You know you are fully connected when you can create an intense full activation of a muscle by doing a particular movement even without any weights at all! You have reached a “higher level of kung-fu” when you can turn muscles off and on at the flip of a switch. Now imagine that activation with weights…holy, moly!!!!
Take a moment…..
If you don’t have a trainer, are you aware of what muscles you should be recruiting for every exercise and how to best recruit/activate that muscle?
Are you mindful in your workouts/training?