|Heavy training builds nerve force - and nerve force helps you lift heavier weights - and keeps you healthy and strong as you grow older.|
Hail to the Dinosaurs!
One of our longtime Dinos sent
me an email about a recent study
that compared the effect of
training with light weights to
training with heavy weights.
They had one group of test
subjects who did leg extensions
3x a week with 30 percent of
their one rep max.
They had another group who
did leg extensions 3x a week
with 80 percent of their one
|Heavy training made John Davis one of the strongest men who ever lived.|
Both groups did as many reps
as possible in each workout.
Pretty simple stuff - standard
protocol for research in the
field - and certainly not as
good for you as doing squats.
But stay with me - it gets much
The researchers found that you
build more strength with heavy
Okay, that's not a surprise.
We all know that (or should know
it - although the muscle media
and the Internet honchos tend to
But here's the cool part.
The increased strength came from
an increase in nerve capacity.
In other words, an increase in the
ability of your nervous system to
recruit muscle fibers - and to
trigger them to fire fast and
What the old-timers referred to
as NERVE FORCE.
The group that trained with light
weights increased their nerve
force by less than one percent
over the course of the six-week
The group that trained with heavy
weights increased their nerve force
by almost 2.5 percent.
That's more than twice as much as
the group that trained with light
|For life-long strength and health, train heavy and build nerve force along with strength and muscle mass.|
Now, again, this is a six-week study,
and it's leg extensions instead of
squats, etc., etc. - but that's a
very interesting result.
Think of the implications.
For weightlifters and powerlifters.
For martial artists.
For other athletes.
For increasing strength without
For healthy aging.
Yes, healthy aging - because anything
that keeps your nerves strong also
helps keep your brain healthy.
And the stronger your nervous
system, the better your balance
and coordination will be.
Anyhow, I thought this was a
very interesting study - and I
wanted to share it with you.
As always, thanks for reading
and have a great day. If you train
today, make it a good one!
Yours in strength,
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P.S. 3. Thought for the Day:
"For strong nerves, train with
heavy iron." - Brooks Kubik
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