Many bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts must wonder why their diligent workouts fail to yield the desired results, despite them giving their best every day. The truth is, simply lifting weights is never enough. It is important to ‘engage’ the muscles.

During the workouts, if the mind doesn’t concentrate on what muscles one wants to contract, then all that exercise is just a waste of time and energy. Hence, one must consciously engage the targeted muscle and feel the contraction of the muscle.

For instance, take the case of upper body weight training exercises like the dumbbell press, the bench press or the dumbbell/barbell floor press that help build various chest muscles, primarily the triceps, pectoral muscle, and anterior deltoids. Even though one may increase the weights or the range every week, one might still not feel any difference in muscular strength.

This is primarily because the body tries to shift the pressure in the most comfortable manner it can by making the triceps and the shoulder takeover the momentum to lift the weight. Only by concentrating on the targeted muscle and engaging the required working muscle can one create the needed muscle tension for achieving muscle growth.

Such concentration of the mind, along with healthy food and proper exercise, will help achieve the desired results.

This mind-muscle connection (MMC) is not a new trend or fashion. There is a science behind this theory. Various studies have proven that greater activation occurred to a muscle when people were asked to focus on the muscle rather than the outcome during workouts.

The Theory Behind The Mind-Muscle Connection

The brain controls all our body movements. Hence, muscle contraction is achieved when the brain sends signals to the muscles asking them to contract. The MMC occurs when the brain releases the chemical “acetylcholine” (a type of neurotransmitter) to communicate with the body. This chemical binds to the receptors located on top of the muscle fibers paving the way for muscle contraction.

By improving this brain (mind) – muscle communication, one can enhance the number of muscle fibers in operation when one performs a lift. This enhancement helps in better contraction, leading to a better workout.

Ways To Develop The Right Mind-Muscle Coordination

Several people are obsessed with the number of weights they can lift instead of focusing on strengthening their muscles. Muscles do not build up by mere weight-lifting; they build up because they are forced to contract against the weight, and pushing the targeted muscle to act against the weight requires proper brain to body coordination.

Merely moving more weights without a focus on targeted muscle does not mean you have achieved anything significant. By doing this, one is not only preventing the target muscle from achieving the result, but also damaging it in due course. Hence, one must not worry about how much weight one is capable of lifting but increase the force placed on the intended muscle against the weight. This can be done by lowering the weights and increasing the focus, as suggested below…

For instance, during bench pushups, instead of randomly increasing the weight every week, try to drop the weight by 20% to 40% and focus more on maintaining the sensation of the chest muscles getting worked during the entire rep. When increasing weights, the body naturally tries to look for easy ways to achieve the results, and hence makes the triceps and deltoids bear the brunt with every increase in weight.

By lowering the weights a little and enhancing the MMC by concentrating on the chest muscle, one can focus more on these chest muscles and force them to take up a significant portion of the brunt instead of the deltoids and triceps. This helps in better coordination and contraction of chest muscles.

Once you concentrate and work the targeted muscle, you can gradually increase the weights.

How Do You Make The Brain Coordinate Better?

Mind-muscle coordination is a skill that can be developed over time with practice. However, when there is a lack of concentration, one cannot achieve maximum performance at workouts. Several people feel that no matter how hard they try, the body is willing to cooperate, but the mind isn’t. Distractions like television, music, friends at the gym, etc., further compound this problem.

Nootropics can help in such a situation. Nootropics are smart drugs that not only boost the brain’s potential, but also energize the body, thereby enhancing the mind-muscle coordination to achieve the desired result.

Nootropics are available as health supplements that help enhance the mind and improve cognitive function. They are the best pre-workout supplements for those who work out at the gym regularly, or those obsessed with body-building.

Nootropics help fitness enthusiasts and bodybuilders alike by boosting their mental strength needed to complete their strenuous workouts. Here are some of the elements that nootropics work on:

1. Attention:

Nootropics help a person remain focused and attentive. This aspect allows bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts to focus all their mental awareness on their workout and reach their fitness goals with ease. This can be enhanced with introducing supplements specifically developed to increase mental focus and energy such as TotalFocus™.

TotalFocus™ is formulated to support hightened focus and mental and physical energy during mentally demanding periods. It also contains Acetyl L-Carnitine which is a acetylated version of L-Carnitine typically used for its physical performance enhancing properties during exercise. It also makes use of various other ingredients to assist in increasing focus and energy

2. Motivation and Energy:

Nootropics help regulate the catecholamine neurotransmitters, namely norepinephrine and dopamine, which increase one’s motivation. A motivated mind enables the body to work out better. Nootropics also give a boost to the energy levels and thereby help people to ward out fatigue during high-intensity workouts.

Many bodybuilders find their energy levels dipping, when working out consistently. Choline supplements help to offset the drain on the physical reserves, and enhance mental energy without the side effects found in stimulants.

PrimeMind™ contains a choline source from Alpha GPC which has also been shown to have a positive impact on GH production and has even shown increases in performance during training and exercise. PrimeMind™ can also assist in post workout recovery in bringing down cortisol levels again through the inclusion of Phosphatidylserine. CellFuel™ is also a great addition to help assist physical performance which includes Cordyceps Mushroom to increase ATP production. CellFuel™ will also help assist in increasing free testosterone levels and helps support optimal recovery as well.

3. Pre and Post-Workout Supplement

L-Theanine an amino acid is commonly found in green tea. L-Theanine works by increasing the neurotransmitters and elevating the alpha waves, and this helps relax the mind while in a state of wakefulness, without any sedation or detrimental impact on mental performance.

L-Theanine is used during pre-workout sessions to offset the stimulatory effects of pre-workout caffeine supplements. L-Theanine is also included in post-workout sessions to regenerate after strenuous physical exercise. A study has proved that nutritional supplements like L-Theanine help reduce post-workout stress as they tend to calm the mind. [1]

Further, L-Theanine complements the caffeine intake taken by athletes and fitness geeks. Studies have proved that a combination of L-Theanine and caffeine are better than standalone caffeine as the combined effects of caffeine and L-Theanine are more effective in enhancing the cognitive performance and mood in addition to improving speed and accuracy of performance when it comes to demanding tasks. [2]

L-Theanine is contained in TotalFocus™ as well as ZenMode™

Boost your brain with these wonderful nootropic supplements and kickstart the mind-muscle coordination to achieve peak performance!