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Strength – A Lesson In Building Tension For Strength!

Strength – A Lesson in Building Tension For Strength!

I want to address a necessary technique as it pertains to building ultimate strength and relentless conditioning. Before I further breakdown the importance of tension in a concrete example that you can understand, I want you to think about what you are reading in this article as it applies to a particular lift or workout that you may practice often!

To start, I want you know that what I am about to explain to you will give you a great deal of strength immediately when it comes to executing any physical task! I want to explain the concept of tension. To start, I want you to imagine either gripping a hand-gripper or having a hand crushing contest with a friend. If you go to grip someone’s hand in a crush contest you would squeeze that persons’ hand as hard as you possibly can. Now imagine this act in your head. When you normally do this you can feel the tension of your muscles ripple through from your hand all the way up your arm and into your shoulder. This is muscular tension.

Now if you did that the same way a second time your grip couldn’t possibly be any stronger, right? The answer to this is “no” if you did it the same way. You can immediately improve your strength here by gripping the persons’ hand and then gripping your opposite fist. Also, tense up your abdomen, squeeze your glutes, and dig your toes into the ground. Now your friend will certainly notice a drastic difference in the crush grip contest and he or she might even give up. You just utilized your body’s entire ability to produce total tension in order to complete a single task. In this case it was a handshake.

Remember this technique when you go to participate in a feat of intense physical exertion. You will see immediate improvement in your power production. Learn and practice flawlessly!

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I’m Brandon Richey the Strength and Conditioning Pro!



I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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