My name is Cooper and I'm a 17 year old lifter from Australia. I'm currently training 5/3/1 and am seeing good strength gains. However, I was reading one of your articles on T-Nation one day called 5 secrets to building muscle. The article, like all your articles, was very informative and interesting to read. But what could my attention was in the article you went on to say that " if someone doesn't feel a muscle working during an exercise, he won't stimulate that muscle enough to grow at a maximal rate".
You also go on to give some advice on how if a person wishes to learn how to feel a muscle work during an exercise they should perform an isolation movement before a compound movement like fly's before bench or something to that effect.
But I was wondering how do you "feel" more complex muscle groups like the back or front, side and rear delts work during a set? How would u incorporate the techniques listed in your article into a workout and if so could you provide some examples ?
Basically all I want to know is how do you feel a muscle working during a set? I read it over and over again in books and magazines but I've just really never had it explained to me and I try but I can just never really seem to feel the muscle working. Is it because I haven't made a solid base in my strength training (only squat 120kg, deadlift 130kg and bench 100kg @ 110kg) and should i therefore first focus on building my compound movements before worrying about feeling the muscle or what?
Sorry about this massive essay Christian, I'm just so frustrated by this whole thing as I can never seem to feel my muscles work! Especially my back and shoulders. And although I do focus mainly on the big lifts I still would like to optimally recruit the smaller yet just as important muscle groups during my assistance work because although I want my numbers to go up i still want to actually look like I lift.
Thanks a lot for your help Christian it's very much appreciated and I thank you for giving up your time to help me out. Keep up with the great articles I, wish you could write one everyday!
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