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No Need To Psych Up For Working Out

7 November 2011 No Comment

You’ve seen all of the pre-set rituals to get people “psyched up” for some major lift or feat.  They run the table.  But is it necessary?  Does it truly help?  Well, you’ll find interesting what Flex magazine recently published in their August issue.

“Relax Before Lifting:  Banging your head against a wall or listening to Pantera (or both simultaneously) before lifting may seem helpful for getting “psyched up”, but scientifically, it seems to be counterproductive.  Being more relaxed may be more effective.  Research out of Bridgewater College (Virginia) found that providing an immediate strength boost in the bench press for selected college football players.  Subjects did max reps with 225 pounds after either lying quietly in a dark room listening to soft music, watching video of aggressive football footage or using no specific technique.  Results showed that players performed about two more reps after the relaxing experience than after the other two.”

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