The team wired their subjects up to weight machines which monitored levels of electrical activity in their biceps and asked them to think in two different ways while exercising.So much for your Zen philosophy!
The more electrical activity measured - the more the muscle is doing.
When subjects were asked to focus on what their muscles were doing and how they were working there were significantly higher levels of electrical activity.
But when they were asked to visualise lifting the weight, electrical activity was lower.
March 31, 2006