Yeah, the title on this one might sound a little “hypey”, but I promise this isn’t some silly gimmick… and it doesn’t involve pre-workout supplements, pills or powders of any kind.
Today, I’m going to share with you a legitimate, science-based technique that will allow you to instantly add around 5-10 pounds to all of your major compound exercises in the gym, and squeeze out an extra rep or two on your smaller isolation lifts.
It’s dead simple, and requires almost zero effort to employ.
Here it is…
From now on, whenever you perform a set of any exercise, lock your gaze onto a single point in front of you and do NOT let your eyes wander or the positioning of your head to change.
Pour ALL of your intensity, drive and motivation into that one point of visionas you crank out each rep, and maintain it with full focus until your set is over.
How exactly does this help to increase your strength and power in the gym?
It all has to do with “proprioception”, which is a process used by your central nervous system to give you an automatic sensation of where all the different parts of your body are located relative to eachother in any given moment.
For example, if I asked you right now to touch your left ear, or your right elbow, you’d instantly know where to move your hand in order to locate that body part without even having to think about it. It’s something we take completely for granted, but without proprioception, this wouldn’t be possible.
Now, here’s the important thing to realize when it comes to performing any given exercise in the gym…
Every time your eyes move around or your head positioning changes, your body must “reset” proprioception to determine where all the parts of your body are now located.
If you were looking straight ahead and then turned your head completely to the left, the relative positioning of all the different parts of your body would instantly change. (This is why it becomes much harder to maintain your balance if your eyes and head are constantly in motion)
So, by keeping your vision locked onto a single point in front of you and not allowing your head to move around as you lift and lower the weights, proprioception remains constant and does not have to continually reset itself.
This increases the overall efficiency at which you can move the resistance, since your body can now place 100% of its focus on simply powering the weight up and down without these constant “resets” in proprioception getting in the way.
The overwhelming majority of lifters in the gym are completely unaware of this, and if employed properly, this technique should provide you with an instant boost to your overall strength levels.
Don’t expect anything too crazy, but a 5-10 pound increase on major compound exercises is not uncommon, along with an extra rep or two on smaller isolation lifts.
Since achieving muscular hypertrophy is all about progressively overloading your muscles with greater and greater amounts of resistance over time, the instant boost that this technique provides is definitely worth it.
If you found this information helpful, here’s what to do next…
Keeping a dog mentally stimulated is important. If we don’t pay enough attention to our dogs’ minds, they often become bored or start misbehaving, and their mental health can quickly deteriorate. To avoid these problems, here are 5 quick tips to challenge your dog’s brainpower and turn him into a genius!
1) Go off the Beaten Path
Yes, literally, walk your dog on new routes every once in a while. If you take your dog on walks using the same path each and every day, he’s missing opportunities to come across anything new. But don’t limit this philosophy to walks; expand it to all areas of your dog’s life. Teach your dog a new skill, let him sniff new places, or try taking part in a doggy sport. Keep your dog’s environment full of new and exciting things, and offer him plenty of opportunities to use his brain.
2) Hide Your Dog’s Toys
Dogs can be quite determined when it comes to getting the things they want, so why not use this to put their brains to work? If your dog wants a toy, try placing it under a laundry basket or hiding it under a blanket (making sure he sees you put it there). Then, sit back and watch him use his problem-solving skills to try and get it. When he solves the puzzle, praise him just as he reaches for the toy.
If your dog struggles or gets frustrated, make the exercise easier at first, and then gradually make it harder and harder over time.
3) Increase Your Dog’s Vocabulary
Dogs are always ready to learn new words, so why not take the time to expand your dog’s vocabulary? For example, you could start by saying “let’s go potty” just before opening the door to let your dog out. After doing this often enough, your dog should come running over to be let out whenever you say “let’s go potty.” Dogs are pretty fast to learn to associate a particular action with a word and are quick to anticipate what will happen next, so you will usually see results very quickly.
4) Never Stop Training
Don’t stop training your dog when he reaches his golden years. “If you don’t use it, you lose it” especially applies to senior dogs. Yes, old dogs can learn new tricks, the only thing is, they may take just a little bit longer to learn them, but be patient and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. So don’t let that brain go to rust, a dog’s brain never loses its ability to learn new things so long as you give it the chance.
5) Brain Training for Dogs
The brain is like a muscle – if you don’t challenge it, it won’t grow! That’s why the best way to make your dog smarter is by teaching him special “brain games” and “brain exercises.” Brain games are fun little games you can play with your dog to teach him new skills and increase his intelligence. Here’s a great “Brain Training for Dogs” course containing 21 awesome brain games, including treasure hunts, hide and seek, playing the piano, and much more, that will take you step-by-step as you turn your dog into a well-behaved and obedient genius! Be sure to check it out here: