Verbal Cues Help Athletes Isolate and Activate Muscles

Recent research indicates humans have some ability to selectively activate or relax certain muscles during isometric or dynamic actions without changing posture or position. A new study was conducted to determine whether trained athletes could isolate either the pectoral or triceps muscles at different intensities when given verbal technique instruction.


bench press, isolating muscle, coaching, cuing, activating muscleThere were 11 Division III football players with at least 6 months of continuous experience with the bench press who participated in the study. The bench press was chosen for the movement to determine muscle recruitment. Each player's 1-rep max on the bench press was determined before the study began.1

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