The Mind Muscle Connection and Force Velocity Training with Rachel Larson PhD(c)

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Rachel Larson is a PhD candidate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and a professor at Arizona State. She is working to publish multiple studies related to the mind muscle connection. Learn what it is and how to apply it to your training here! We cover the mind muscle connection study she worked on, force velocity training, and so much more!

2:32 Actual intro (just some BSing at the beginning)
3:44 Rachel’s intro
5:20 Rachel’s education specifics
7:45 Shift to hypertrophy focus in Rachel’s research
8:50 Defining attentional focus and its importance for hypertrophy
10:45 The mind-muscle connection study design
12:40 External vs. internal focus groups in the study
13:40 Different methods of measuring hypertrophy in research
15:40 When to use external and internal focus/cuing for athletes
16:45 The mechanism of overthinking in sports and why athletes “choke”
19:15 Potential for information overload with athletes
20:30 Is it appropriate to use mind-muscle connection when teaching athletes lifts that require skills?
21:15 Does touching an athlete help establish the mind-muscle connection?
23:08 Would there be different results if trained athletes were used for the study?
24:45 The trouble with using trained athletes for attentional focus studies
26:11 Why is it important to measure dietary adherence?
27:46 Rachel’s pet peeves for research participants (Listen!)
28:42 Rachel’s new study exploring attentional focus for strength gains
32:43 Does internal cuing even with equated volume lead to increased hypertrophy over external cues?
34:40 Force velocity training as a new area for research
37:50 Rachel’s ability to identify biomechanics issues in everyday situations
40:36 Rachel’s pet peeves she sees in the gym
42:50 How do you train people to jump higher?
46:40 Can force velocity profiling help with strength/power athletes?
48:30 Can someone without the exercise science background benefit from using force velocity apps?
54:30 Rachel’s approach coaching Rugby athletes and the need for female research participants
59:25 How does Rachel balance evidence-based with practical experience?
1:03:00 Does using the concepts in research always prove to be effective?
1:05:00 Defining French Contrast Training
1:07:00 Rachel’s totals and her favorite lift
1:10:30 Contrast training for athletic performance
1:13:10 Contacting Rachel
1:14:20 What is one thing you want everyone to know about your field?
1:15:30 Resources for becoming a better coach
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