Read it to believe it.
1992: Two scientists, Yue and Cole, did a Pinky Finger Mind Over Muscle study with two groups of subjects. Group 1 did pinky finger strength training exercises 5 times a week for a month. Group 2 imagined doing the exercises for the same amount of time.
End results: The group that did the exercises increased their pinky finger strength by 30%. The group that imagined or visualized the exercises increased their pinky finger strength by 20%.
2001: Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, did a 12 month study about strength benefits from imagining exercising a muscle. They divided the subjects into three groups. Group 1 imagined exercising their little finger muscles 5 days a week for 15 minutes. Group 2 imagined exercising their bicep muscles 5 days a week for 15 minutes. Group 3 was a control group who did nothing.
End Results: Group 1 increased their little finger strength by 35%. Group 2 increased their bicep strength by 13.4 percent.
2004: In a study at Bishop University in Quebec, two researchers studied 3 groups in a visualization strength increasing experiment for two weeks. Group 1 visualized hip flexions 5 times a week for 4 sets of 8 reps. Group 2 performed the exercises physically for the same amount of time, sets and reps. Group 3, the control group, did nothing.
End Results: Group 1 who did the visualizations increased their strength by 24%. Group 2 who did the exercises increased their strength by 26%.
Chi Power, Baby! Just kidding. Actually, I am surprised at these results. Had I not seen these studies, I would not have believed visualization could be effective. Over the years I have seen so many claims like this debunked that I am a hardcore skeptic about these hocus pocus methods now.
But, this gets me thinking, that like with the amazing results of Muscle Control, a little visualization might be a good addition to a guy’s workout toolbox.
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“How Visualization Can Make You Stronger.” Experience Life. www.experiencelife.com/newsflashes/how-visualization-can-make-you-stronger/ (accessed April 19, 2014)