By MH Staff - Posted on 20th January 2014
Three quick ways to enhance your performance and move more weight.
Think mouth guards are just for athletes? Researchers at the University of Connecticut found that clenching your teeth with a mouth guard can boost blood flow to areas of the brain associated with motor control and timing – which will result in greater force production and a better workout.
Concentrating on the specific muscles you’re targeting – your pecs during a bench press, for example – can make them work 22% harder, according to a recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Consider it one more reason to stay focused in the gym.
Knocking back a couple of cups of coffee before you lift weights can help you bang out a few more reps, say UK researchers. The reason: caffeine inhibits the signals of fatigue that your muscles send to your brain, allowing you to train harder for longer.