If you're trying to get out of pain or if you're trying to optimize your performance what you really need to do is to figure out a way to decrease threat in the body.
Because your brain's primary desire is to keep you alive, it keeps tabs on all the various threats you are experiencing. For the purpose of analogy we like to call it a threat bucket.
If our threat levels are low, generally speaking, we have better performance in life, meaning our strength is good. We're not in pain. We tend to be able to think well cognitively.
The big issue arises when our threat levels go up they may eventually reach a point where there is an output. Now this output can manifest in a bunch of different ways but generally what we see in our world is either people have pain or if you're an athlete or you like to do sports or you like to work out at the gym, maybe your performance is suffering.
One way to decrease threat is by becoming stronger in ways that matter. That's the phrase I want you to have in your head, stronger in ways that matter.
The best way to becoming stronger in a way that matters is to train and improve the three primary brain-body loops that are involved in strength.
A good training program is going to give us an opportunity to explore strength movements in a way to take advantage and train all of these loops.
The primary challenge is the slightly unfortunate, yet amazing part of the human brain is that it really wants to be good at specific things, not general things. What does that mean? It means that we need to specifically challenge and train each of the brain-body loops to become stronger in ways that matter.
Let's take a close look at the first loop, neural drive, which has four components: force, endurance, speed, and vector.
Every time we are doing any kind of strength training, our brain is learning how much force to create. It's learning for how long to create that force. It's learning how quickly do I need to apply that force. And probably most important of all, it's learning in what angles and postures, do I need to apply that force.
The next loop, Loop 2, is coordination.
Whenever we look at our traditional forms of strength training such as doing a bench press or an overhead press or a dead lift or a squat or whatever, while they are complicated movements, they are still simpler than maybe making a circle.
That makes sense, doesn't it? Thinking about it from that perspective, allows us to gauge the coordination challenge of strength work based off how challenging this loop is.
Now, once again, the SAID Principle dictates that we're going to get better at exactly what we practice. As a result, if you've been doing the same forms and same types of exercises for 20 years, you're probably really, really good at them.
If you have pain that has never healed, if your performance has plateaued, one of the reasons may be a lack of coordination. Providing your body with a greater number and different types of strength challenges in order to improve the activity of this brain-body loop is important. And that additional activity will help lower the threat level in the threat bucket.
The final loop, Loop 3, is prediction and preparation.
Understanding how our brain and body talk to one another in order to prepare us for movement is a difficult area of the brain to understand but is hypercritical. And, even though it's an area of brain science that's still developing and we don't have all the answers yet; we have enough information to make us consider it.
We all know that if we do something a lot, we develop skill at it. Skill at its most basic level is being able to predict more accurately what's about to happen. Whenever we can predict what's about to happen, we can prepare for it. Therefore, to become stronger in ways that matter requires increasing our predictive capacity about the stress we're about to undergo.
Those are your three basic brain body loops to help us understand how to become smarter about becoming stronger. Let's talk about how to practically train and challenge all three so that you can optimize your results.
I am incredibly excited to share with you information about the release of our newest product called The Strength Gym.
I've shot a follow-along process for you that is very extensive. It helps you understand exactly how to use bands, how to attach them to your body and a whole variety of exercises that will improve your performance and pain at a phenomenal rate.
Now, what you're going to get when you open the product is pretty straightforward like our other products.
There is a manual that's going to take you to the exercises but most importantly, there is the DVD program. It's over 3 hours of instruction.
Now, that may sound daunting but it's very important. It's broken up into focused pieces so if you have an ankle issue, you can just focus on you ankle. If you have a back issue, you can just work on stuff for your back.
It's going to take you through body part by body part as well as a full follow-along process if you want to get in amazing training program going.
Plus, we spent a lot of time researching and trying to find the very best bands available for this program.
As a result, in the box, you're going to get 6 different bands or 2 sets of 3 making it possible for you to load the body bilaterally which is one key component to some of the exercises.
If you already had bands at home and you don't want to use, there's a digital download version that saves you a little bit of money.
But very important, please if you don't have bands, don't buy just the digital version. You will want to get started with this right away so if you're going to have to buy that and then research this and find the right bands, we've done all that for you so they're already available.
I cannot wait to get your feedback once you start using it. We have seen phenomenal results from our initial beta testers so I'm excited to get it in your hands and I look forward hearing from you.
The Strength Gym is designed to work with 41 inch loop bands. To follow along and use The Strength Gym, bands are required. The Physical Edition includes 6 bands: 2 yellow (2 - 15 lb), 2 red (5 - 35 lb) and 2 purple (25 - 80 lb). The Digital Edition does not. If you'd like to research alternative bands, search the internet using "41 inch workout band."