The popular term ‘mind-muscle connection’ refers to focusing one’s attention on a particular muscle when lifting. Image: Shutterstock.
Focusing on movement instead of muscle can enhance weightlifting performance, suggests research
— by Matthew Prior, Frontiers science writer
The ‘mind-muscle connection’. Ancient lore for bodybuilders, latest buzz for Instagram fitness followers.
Focusing one’s attention on a particular muscle when lifting promotes its activation – and by extension, its development. So it goes. But when the goal is muscle performance rather than growth alone, does this long-held notion still carry any weight?