I’ve collected quite a few ways to improve max strength through neurological ‘tricks’.
My question is, how should they be used?
Let’s take the squat where I could:
“Do a balance challenging exercise before every workout to trigger a survival reflex that will improve your strength in complex lifts. An example would be sitting on a swiss ball. Stand on the floor with one leg with your eyes closed while getting pushed unexpectedly by a partner 2 or 3 times. Do not fatigue yourself. (Paul Chek)”
“Jump up and down as fast as possible for 10 seconds with the exact same foot stance you’re utilizing for the exercise. This will increase the activation of high-threshold, fast-firing motor units and it’ll rev up your nervous system. Increases in strength of up to 5% are often experienced!”
“Brace before unracking the bar. Step back fully braced and squeeze your glutes for just a moment. Release the glutes and descend into the hole. Explode out of the hole driving through your heels and squeezing your glutes. You’ll know you’ve done this correctly if you “pop” out of the hole. You’ll remain upright even with near maximal loads.”
I could also use supramaximal isometrics or eccentrics and I bet there are other techniques.
So what do you guys do? Use all the tricks all the time, rotate them, use them sparingly?