Functional Strength Training and Neuromuscular Pathways

Neuromuscular pathways are the means by which your brain communicates with your muscles. These pathways send electrical impulses from your brain to your muscle fibers which triggers them to fire. These signals that are sent allow you to do your day to day activities such as; grabbing a cup of coffee or walking to the fridge. The pathways are developed by your body over time, and repetition is the key player in the development of these pathways using functional strength training. 

As a young child you weren’t able to just get up from the ground and walk across the room effortlessly. You learned to walk by wobbling to your feet, taking a few steps and falling over. You repeated these steps and focused on what you were doing, and over time, you improved these impulse signals which allowed you to walk. These same practices of repetition and focus on a movement, is what separates ordinary people from what we would deem, “World Class Athletes”. What allows them to perform at the levels they do is the constant repetition of focused movements. This focused repetition allows their bodies to create more efficient pathways, which lead to increased performance.

There are various ways to improve performance, and one of the tried and true ways has always been to add weight. An example of this is adding a donut to a baseball bat. This approach adds weight to the swing, and over time will force your neuromuscular pathways to adapt. While this sounds great there are a few key issues with this. As stated above, the keys to improving these pathways are focusing on concise movements, and repeating them to create more effective pathways. Adding things like a donut to your baseball bat will allow you to develop more strength, but will also negatively affect your swing mechanics. In essence you may be making your swing worse even though you may have added strength to it.

Functional Strength Training and Neuromuscular Pathways

So we have come to a crossroad. We need to have resistance in order to build muscle, but we also need to be able to maintain the correct mechanics. We can move the placement of the weight to create resistance onto the body, and insert it into the kinetic chain. The kinetic chain is, “a combination of several successively arranged joints constituting a complex motor unit,” or in other words, the various parts of your body that work together to create complex movement.

We now have weight that is added to the chain, and weight that is added incrementally (which is a second component as to why the weight does not throw off mechanics). When resistance (in small increments) is added to your training regiment, the body begins to send more effective signals in order to maintain the increased power of that movement. This type of training is called functional strength training, and it is why the Hand Speed Trainer is so effective. It allows you to develop strength through practicing sport specific movements (with added resistance) during regular drills, and is one of the only weighted training aids that allows you to maintain proper mechanics, while improving neuromuscular pathways.

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