Try this technique prior to a big lift for maximum fiber recruitment!
- Standing on an elevated surface, like a box step, slightly bend knees.
- Step off elevated surface, and catch the fall with bent knees.
- The shock of the fall will activate your central nervous system, which opens neural pathways for better lifts!
Why do this?
Activating your central nervous system immediately prior to a lift is a great way to get your body to push itself that much more! Performing a “step-catch” immediately before a big lift will prep the central nervous system to send signals to the muscles without taxing the muscles or using stores of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), the body’s immediate source of energy.
“Step-Catches” aren’t the only way to activate the CNS before a lift, you can also do any explosive, plyometric movement right before an exercise to get the same effect. Some examples are tuck jumps, explosive push-ups, or burpees! Just remember to do 1-3 reps of these movements only, so as to not tax the muscles.