Title

The mind–muscle connection in resistance training: friend or foe?

Document Type

Letter to the Editor

Publisher

Springer Verlag

School

School of Exercise and Health Sciences

RAS ID

24497

Comments

Originally published as : Halperin, Israel (04.2016). "The mind–muscle connection in resistance training: friend or foe?". European journal of applied physiology (1439-6319), 116 (4), p. 863-864. Article available here

Abstract

The results of Calatayud et al. (Eur J Appl Physiol, 2015. doi:10.1007/s00421-015-3305-7) indicate that focusing on the pectoralis major and triceps brachii muscles during bench press exercise selectively enhanced their activation, and thus suggest a training strategy. However, the authors did not discuss the well-established negative effects that focusing on specific muscle groups has on exercise performance. For proper perspective of the results and their practical utility, it is helpful to note the interplay between negative and positive effects of different focus conditions. © 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

DOI

10.1007/s00421-016-3341-y