August 4, 2010
Can Visualization Make You Stronger?
Ever notice anyone in the gym doing a pre-lift ritual with their eyes closed – kind of like Olympic athletes do before an event?
And the reason is that most people, outside of high performance athletics, have yet to realize the power of the mind on their ability to workout more effectively and muster more strength.
That trend might be changing, however. And for good reason.
Well, a brand new study out of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests that indeed, mental imagery (aka. visualization) can make you stronger.
Aside from the promising “performance” benefits of using visualization, this study actually begins to explain how mental imagery might work at a neurological level!
And that’s pretty cool.