Move Slow, Learn Fast

Move Slow, Learn Fast

When it comes to improving our overall strength for the three big lifts, there are three key factors that we must pay attention to. The first is muscle size; a larger cross-sectional area of muscle has the potential to produce more force. The second is neuro-muscular adaptations; the nervous system’s ability to recruit those motor units. The third is skill acquisition; our ability to express our strength efficiently with a barbell. All three play a major role in strength adaptations, but for the purpose of this article, our focus will be on the third and final factor, skill acquisition. Strength is not just a physical adaptation in terms of muscle size and motor unit recruitment but ultimately a skill, and in order to efficiently express our physiological adaptations, we must be able to move effectively and optimally.

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