What is Mind-Muscle Connection? | MINDSET
If you regularly go to the gym, then you’ve probably seen some people performing in terrible form, loading the bar with way too much weight, or they perform way too much momentum based reps while lifting with too little weight. Actually, this isn’t a conscious choice. Out of ignorance, many people in the gym still commit the same mistake.
It’s crucial, especially if you’d want to lift weights or will have to undergo strength training, for you to understand that weight lifting is not all about simply lifting heavy weights. There’s much more to moving the weight. It requires clearing your mind to let it achieve full mental capacity. Unfortunately, many fail to do this when working out. Many train incorrectly with their body or ego instead of using their “mind”, which is a vital thing to control when working out.
The Mind-Muscle Connection
All movement starts at the brain. To produce movement, your brain sends signals to your spinal cord, and then to your muscles. This is what you can call the Mind-Muscle Connection, or MMC. This is what connects the mind with the body to enable it to perform tasks.
MMC is initiated by a neurotransmitter in the brain called the Acetylcholine. It acts as a signal to communicate with your body through the muscles. When it is released, it crosses the tiny space that separates the nerve from the muscle. After which, it binds to receptors on the surface of muscle fibers. The muscle then contracts as a result.
This means that the more you think about your muscle moving and working, the more muscle fibers you will be able to use to perform tasks. By simply thinking about the movement you’ll make, you’re increasing the release of acetylcholine firing on the motor units of muscle fibers on your body.
Why is it important?
MMC can improve your workouts. The more you think about the muscle you’ll use, the better your workout will be, and thus the better your results will be. But how does it work?
MMC targets and works the primary muscle, which is the muscle that is intended to do the most work in moving a weight. Another muscle group, the secondary muscle, supports the primary muscle.
But it's also an important thing to understand the relationship of primary and secondary muscles. The primary muscle is the one intended to do the most work in moving a weight. Secondary muscles on the other hand, are the muscles that support the primary. So for example, the primary muscles for back squats are the gluteus maximus and the quadriceps. The hamstrings, adductor magnus, abs, and erector spinae, all secondary muscles, support the primary muscles throughout the exercise.
This means that neglecting MMC leads to underdevelopment and/or imbalances of muscles. This is where MMC becomes important. You should be seriously committed to feeling each rep in the primary muscle that you intend to use and work out.
Too many people lift without having a full understanding of MMC. We at Aussie Supps hope that this article has somewhat enlightened you on how you should work out. If you’re not maximizing the work done by your primary muscles, then you’re wasting time and energy.
Remember, your muscles grow because they’re forced to contract by acting on a weight they’re supposed to lift. If you produce maximal force on your primary muscles when working out, you will maximize your progress. Muscles don’t simply grow because of moving a weight up and down.