This study first measured the specific activation of various portions of the triceps muscle during a triceps exercise. The subjects then performed this exercise for 12-weeks. It was found that the portions of the triceps that were activated the most in the exercise grew the most over the training period. This means that using a mind-muscle connection may help boost long term growth by increasing activation! Check out our article, “The Mind-Muscle Connection,” here for more info.
Source: Wakahara, T., (2012). Association between regional differences in muscle activation in one session of resistance exercise and in muscle hypertrophy after resistance training. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(4), 1569-1576.
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