The question is: are you getting the most out of your workout? How do you know if your body is primed to act and react in your training and in life? In my office, I largely work with active people including a number of professional athletes. There is one thing in common with those who rise to the top of competitive sport: efficient muscle recruitment and minimal delay in the muscle firing pattern. Athletes at the top have quick muscle response time with little to no delay. This is important — in fact, in terms of the physical side of athleticism, it could be everything. I hypothesize that this golden combination of low delay and high muscle recruitment creates a positive feedback loop which initiates greater physical confidence and thereby allows for a high-level athlete.
Raising the bar
For those not at the top, there are patterns of considerable delay and poor muscle recruitment. Excessive delay leads to poor or mediocre agility. Excessive delay also leads to unimpressive coordination, nonthreatening power, average balance, uninspiring confidence, and unimposing athletic performances! Some see it as talent thing, those who have it and those who do not. But what if it is a muscle delay thing, those who have it and those who do not?
In the video you can see what happens when the delay is removed: observable improvement in the participant’s agility, coordination, balance, strength. This enhanced state has become his new baseline, so now when he trains, he’ll reach the next level sooner and with ease. He now has “talent.” Imagine years of training with little to no delay and proficient muscle recruitment: the nervous system would be able to wire incredibly efficient patterns rather than adaptive ones. Your movements would be exactly as you demand of them without adaptations. This is one major part of creating a remarkable athletic performance.
Steve Noble, DC