Mind to Muscle Connection

Have you ever heard someone say, its all in your head! Well it really is. Your mind controls how your body moves and how effective those movements are. This can be achieved by concentrating enough on using that muscle group and making sure it’s doing all the work.

I had a client that after a heavy chest day his chest would never feel sore. He would say he mostly felt soreness in his arms. I’m like that’s impossible! We did chest! When I do chest I lift half the weight he lifting and I would also feel sore on my upper chest area. There was something he was not doing, that I clearly was. I told him to start focusing on using his chest muscles when doing chest workouts and using the mind to muscle connection as he was chest pressing instead of concentrating on his arms to push the weight.

If you don’t believe me. Give it a try, the next time you’re working out. Start lifting some weights and start day dreaming of laying at a beach somewhere sipping on a mojito. I guarantee you after 3 sets you won’t feel you did a thing. You’ve just wasted your time lol.

Now do the same exact workout, however this time focus on the muscle group you are working on with every single rep. Contract, release, contract, release and make sure to breathe! After 3 sets, I promise you you feel a difference. Guaranteed!

Mind to muscle connection is a real thing! Even I didn’t know it was so effective until I gave it a try after my boyfriend aka my swolemate introduce me to it.

So stop wasting your time at the gym! Stop thinking about the next paper thats due tomorrow that you haven’t even started, or about your next tropical vacation. Use your mind to lift some serious weights and make some awesome gains!

I hope this helped someone, and let me know if you feel a difference on your next workout!

If you want to learn more about how to start training your brain for some sweet gains check this link out.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/4-tips-to-help-train-brain-massive-gains-mind-muscle-connection.htm

Thanks for reading<3

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5 ways to reduce muscle soreness

Muscle soreness is normal after a workout and its usually a good sign you had a great workout. However, muscle soreness not only is painful but it can prevent us from continuing to workout, so here are 5 ways to relieve muscle soreness.

  1. Bananas: Eating bananas post workout will help your sore muscles recover faster. Their key ingredient is their high content of potassium. It’s what I usually go for after a killer leg day! giphy
  2. BCCAA’s: Are branched chain amino acids that are part of the 8 essential amino acids are body needs to consume from foods because are body cannot naturally produce them. Amino acids are small units that make up proteins. Protein is essential for building muscle. They can be purchased in pill form or powder. I prefer powder and I mix it in with my pre workout before the gym. This is helps my muscles recover more quickly so I am not feeling sore for long periods of time. This is the one I am currently taking by Shredz. Another great one, thats also very affordable is by Biotech, you can find them at Vitamin Shoppe for like $20 for a 30 day supply. 144844
  3. Ice cold bath: While a hot shower or bath might initially feel better, trust me I know! Try a cold shower or bath instead. Ice baths are commonly  in many athletes looking to gain a competitive advantage. The cold water will help reduce muscle swelling and shorten the duration of your recovery, allowing you to get back to the gym!tumblr_n7ft5n6aLH1qzub73o2_500

4. Coffee: Researchers at the University of Illinois conducted a research of 25 fit, college men. The men were given 2.5-3 cups of caffein before a workout. After testing the groups, the researchers found  a significant reduction in quadricep muscle pain after they were given caffein. giphy