Let Mindfulness Improve Your Workouts

“It is only within the context of having properly developed your mind that you will be able to truly enjoy the achievement of your material values, including that of a more muscular body.”
― Mike Mentzer

One of my pet peeves is to see someone lifting weights too heavy and too fast. I don’t see the point of rushing reps. You may boost your ego lifting heavy, but are you using momentum and are you sacrificing form? Try slowing your reps down and you’ll discover how much more challenging it is when you control the repetition. Lifting weights too heavy and too fast can set you up for injury. Make a point of bringing mindfulness to your workouts. Slow the reps and focus on the contraction and the extension of each exercise. I like to visualize the muscle getting stronger and more defined as I execute the rep. Try this with your next workout. You’ll be surprised at how much more effective the workout will be and you’ll most likely start to notice more results from your training.

are Per nbcnews.com

If you’re lifting weights that are too heavy, you may recruit other muscles to pitch in when the targeted muscle just doesn’t have the strength to do the exercise. Furthermore, your form will probably suffer. “This is a recipe for injuries and will not be the quick fix to make you stronger,” Alai says. Plus, your muscles aren’t getting an increased benefit from lifting with heavier weight if you’re using improper form. “If you are just swinging weight around in a way that is uncontrolled, your muscles are not really working. You must control the weight in order to form that mind-muscle connection,” says Fitplan’s trainer Scott Mathison. Once you can control an exercise at a set weight, and complete 12-15 reps without reaching complete muscle fatigue, you can decide if you’d like to increase the weight or increase the repetitions“.

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  1. Thanks for this info. I have just started working with weights. 🤗

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    1. That is awesome!! You will feel so empowered once you start seeing the results from your workouts 🙂

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