When exercising the idea of being mindful and focusing on the details and intricacies of the movement, muscular contraction/effort, and intention eludes most people. If you want to succeed and achieve desirable results from your training it’s not good enough to just show up and move weight around with no thought or mind to how you are lifting, and what you are lifting with.
Muscle Activation Techniques is an effective tool for improving muscular contractile abilities in end range positions. Through stress, trauma, and overuse muscles can lose their ability to produce adequate tension in there end range positions. Why is this important? If a muscle can’t effectively shorten through its full length you see a correlating loss of range of motion, or mobility, of the related joint or joints to that muscles. Loss of range of motion can often be perceived as things being tight, stiff, and often painful. Instead of thinking of that tight muscles are the cause for loss of mobility, instead MAT’s perspective is that particular muscles are not contracting effectively resulting in tightness, stiffness, and often pain. If this is the case, the solution is to improve the contractile abilities of the weakened muscles, this will result in improvements in tightness, pain, strength, and performance.
Exercise execution is one of the most, if not the most, important component for achieving desirable outcomes with training. Before concerning yourself with how many reps you should perform you first need to master your execution.