By Garrett Sylvester
Most of us could probably live life with a little less tension and be more carefree. However, the tension I am talking is the kind we create with our muscles when we’re training. Specifically, in relation to strength training. You see, most of us go through a strength training session just trying to complete the repetitions by any means necessary. There is a time and a place for that. Most of the time though, we would greatly improve our efficiency in the gym by focusing on creating as much tension as possible for longer. Too often I see people trying to use momentum to get through the movements as quickly as possible. We are leaving so much on the table by rushing through the repetitions. Not only does slowing down and creating tension make us stronger and perform better, it protects us from injuries as well.
By Ryan Humphries, CSCS
Plenty of spiritual “gurus” like to tell us that neither one of these time-frames actually exist, and if they do, it’s only in the context that we’re talking about them NOW. If you’ve done any exploring in the realm of personal development, this probably isn’t a new or novel concept for you.
Two thousand years ago, the Buddha said “Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment”. In the 1960’s Ram Dass said “Be here now”. In 1997 Eckhart Tolle wrote “The Power of Now”. In 2015, The Weeknd said “I’m just tryna life life for the moment...” (Yeah, I just quoted the Weeknd and Buddha in the same paragraph). That’s how I roll.
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