Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Maximize Muscle Tension
There are two ways to make a muscle stronger. One is to make it bigger; the other is to make it contract harder. Whenever you do an exercise, be sure to maximize tension from head to toe: Grip the floor with your toes, flex your quads (pretend you’re pulling your kneecaps up), squeeze your glutes, and brace your abs like you were going to take a punch to the stomach. Try to crush the bar (or whatever implement you’re holding). This ensures maximal tension and thus maximal strength development. It will also greatly reduce the injury risk of whatever you are doing.