Internal Vs. External Cues
When you’re lifting weights where are you directing your attention? Do you direct it internally (on the muscles or parts of the body) or externally (outside of the body and onto environment)? This is important because depending on if your goal is hypertrophy or your goal is performance will influence where you should place your focus.
External cues are better for performance, greater strength gains, and heavier loads, whereas internal cues help with the mind-muscle connection, lighter loads, and hypertrophy
External intentional focus – Placing focus outside the body and onto the environment. An example would be telling somebody to move the weight from point A to point B.
Internal intentional focus – Places focus inside the body. An example would be telling somebody to push through their heels, keep their chest up, knees out, and squeeze their glutes when squatting.
If you are lifting weights and your goal is getting some gains you are going to want to focus internally. You don’t want to simply focus on moving the weight from point A to point B. You want to focus on using the muscle you are targeting to move the weight from point A to point B.
Men often say they don’t feel their pecks when bench pressing. Chances are they’re focusing externally and lifting heavier loads than they should be. If they were focusing internally and using proper form they would feel their pecks working a whole lot more and stave off injury.
Place the focus internally and practice using proper form. It will help you achieve those #gainz you are striving for.
See you in the gym.
Your Agoura Fitness Staff