A MATTER OF POWER
strength is one of man’s motor skills, and in particular it is what enables us
to produce tension.
STARTS IN OUR BRAINS: in fact it is from our brains that an impulse is
set off passing through our spinal cord and reaches the muscle which triggers
off the contraction.
following factors determine:
size of the muscle, especially its tranverse section.
number of fibres that one can coordinate while contracting.
frequency of the stimulus that reaches the brain, both mechanical and
morphological, for e.g. the ratio between the length of tendons and limbs.
means that you can have big muscles which are useless, or small but highly
efficient; to develop my maximum tension (voluntarily) I have to be able to pass
on high frequency impulses from my brain. YOUR PHYSICAL STATE THEREFORE HIGHLY
DEPENDS ON YOUR MENTAL STATE.
only because the impulse physically leaves the brain, not only because to
develop maximum tension I need to really want it and be concentrated, but also
because I need to have the power in me, it has to be engrained.
my opinion, there is an argument tied to learning about power, that has always
goes further than technical issues, I am talking about LEARNING TO CO-ORDINATE
AND RECRUIT MOTOR UNITS.
the simplest movement like hanging from an edge, where there is no need for
technique, when done by an evolved athlete, whose brain already knows how to
activate maximum tension is achieved more effectively than someone who does not
have this ability.
HAS THIS ABILITY, HAS MORE STRENGTH COMPARED TO WHO DOESN’T HAVE THIS ABILITY,
THE SAME WAY SOME PEOPLE’S RIGHT HAND IS STRONGER THAN THEIR LEFT.
links us up to the reason why some people hang onto a hold open handed and
others need to crimp on a thin edge or vice versa and this is why we have to
learn how to use the fibres in every single situation. When we notice an
improvement in how we hold edges or pockets after only a few training sessions,
we have only “learned” the exercise. For the same reason that some of us are
really weak on one or two finger pocket holds we cannot activate the motor
skills because we have a strong and partly subconscious fear of tearing our
DON’T REALISE HOW MUCH INCREASE IN POWER WE CAN GAIN AT THESE LEVELS.
Without increasing mass and weight.
this brings us to the following considerations:
improvement margin is a lot higher than we could have ever imagined.
can increase as you get older because these qualities take many years to develop
and they compensate for the natural decrease that takes place. The morphological
and structural changes that enable our phalanges (finger joints) to support
tension only develop after many years.
The training shown on this website can cause serious damage to your body, especially to your muscular skeletric apparatus, and in certain subjects it can also affect the cardiovascular system.
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