Today, I want to tell you about a very simple way to get stronger, faster.
It costs no money, takes very little time and is something you can try on your very next trip to the gym.
Not only is it something that’s used successfully by many top athletes, it’s been shown in a number of studies to have a direct effect on gains in strength.
I’m talking about mental imagery, which you might also see referred to as visualization or even visualization-guided brain activation (VGBA).
In a moment, I’m going to give you a very specific mental imagery “drill” that you can use the very next time you’re in the gym. First, I want to explain what mental imagery is, how it works and what it can do for you.
Mental imagery is defined as the use of the senses to recreate a physical experience in the mind. And it’s been shown, in some studies anyway, to deliver some pretty impressive results.
In one trial, subjects were able to make their arms stronger simply by imagining themselves doing curls .
After 12 weeks of mental training (15 minutes per day, 5 days per week), strength in the imagery group had increased by 13.5%, which was significantly larger than the progress made by the control group.
German researchers found that regular workouts can be partly replaced by mental imagery training with only a minor reduction in strength gains.