A MATTER OF POWER  

 

Muscular strength is one of man’s motor skills, and in particular it is what enables us to produce tension.

POWER  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.

The following factors determine:

The size of the muscle, especially its tranverse section.

The number of fibres that one can coordinate while contracting.

The frequency of the stimulus that reaches the brain, both mechanical and morphological, for e.g. the ratio between the length of tendons and limbs.

This 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.

Not 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.

In my opinion, there is an argument tied to learning about power, that has always been neglected.

This goes further than technical issues, I am talking about LEARNING TO CO-ORDINATE AND RECRUIT MOTOR UNITS.

Even 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.

WHOEVER 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.

This 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 tendons.

WE DON’T REALISE HOW MUCH INCREASE IN POWER WE CAN GAIN AT THESE LEVELS.  Without increasing mass and weight.

All this brings us to the following considerations:

Our improvement margin is a lot higher than we could have ever imagined.

Power 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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