Make a Mind Muscle Connection

How a mind-muscle connection will make your workouts more effective and help you get fit faster

Ben Greenfield
1-minute read

Whether you’re doing crunches, working on an exercise machine, or weight training, it is very important for you to consciously make an effort to keep your muscles tight during the exercise. If you're working your abs, keep them tight during the crunches, planks, or Pilates!  One effective method is to imagine a zipper from your pelvis all the way up to the chest. Keep that zipper zipped up!

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About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.