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Attentional Focus for Maximizing Muscle Development: The Mind-Muscle Connection

Schoenfeld, Brad J. PhD, CSCS, FNSCA; Contreras, Bret MA, CSCS

Section Editor(s): Schoenfeld, Brad PhD, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT

Strength and Conditioning Journal: February 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 1 - p 27–29
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000190
Columns: Evidence-Based Personal Training
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ABSTRACT ATTENTIONAL FOCUS IS A WELL-RECOGNIZED ASPECT OF MOTOR LEARNING AND ITS USE HAS IMPORTANT IMPLICATIONS TO THE FITNESS PROFESSIONAL. THIS ARTICLE WILL DISCUSS HOW ATTENTIONAL FOCUS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO MAXIMIZE MUSCULAR DEVELOPMENT.

1Department of Health Sciences, Program of Exercise Science, City University of New York, Lehman College, New York, New York; and

2Sport Performance Research Institute, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand

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The Evidence-Based Personal Training column provides practical application of research topics specific to enhancing results for personal trainers.

COLUMN EDITOR: Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Brad J. Schoenfeldis an assistant professor in the exercise science program at CUNY Lehman College and director of their human performance laboratory.

Bret Contrerasis currently pursuing his PhD in Sports Science at the Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand.

© 2016 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association