You know how incredible, stressful situations lead people to be able to complete tasks which are normally outside of their range? Ever wondered how you could unleash extra muscle potential for your jump without getting into a life threatening situation first?!
Stress and Increased Strength
When people have fear for their life or their loved ones, amazing things can happen. Everyday people perform unbelievable acts every day- pulling family members out of burning buildings or holding their breath underwater for longer than they could normally imagine. People pull out strength they never knew they had.
Real Hollywood type stuff and it happens in normal life, to normal people, because of adrenaline and the ability of the human body to outperform its boundaries under stress. Why can’t we perform like this all the time?
It’s something I’ve thought about a lot over the years.—and I recently realized that understanding the body’s control system can unleash a lot of athletic potential.
Understanding the Body’s Control System
Your Central Nervous System (CNS) controls your muscles, and the amount of energy they can use. Your CNS sends a kind of electrical signal to your muscles to regulate the amount of energy they can use. When your body identifies danger your CNS allows more electricity to pass to the muscles, which allows them to work harder.
This means that most people are not working at their full capacity for most of the time, even when they are training. There’s a good reason for this, as working at full tilt all the time, would allow your muscles to let off so much force that muscles could rip from their tendons.
But that doesn’t mean that it would be a bad idea to get more out of your muscles, you just don’t want all the power, all the time, as it’s useful that your muscles stay attached to your skeleton!
Training the Body’s Control System
You know how some people play better when they’re fired up for a big game, or how some people thrive off a work/school deadline? Well, imagine the right training as a way of getting more out of your muscles, without having to get the stress levels rising first.
Stress reduces the limits placed on your Central Nervous System (CNS). But the other, better, way to get more out of your muscles is to train in a way that retools your CNS and expands the bandwidth available.
Getting the right combination of drills, reps and rests will, over time, get your body more comfortable with increasing the output, without having to be stressed out first. It takes concentration, motivation and the right patterns to get the most out of your jump training,
By doing this, your muscles will learn to relax when they need to and stop pulling against the push of your jump. This can have a huge impact on the way you jump and increase your vertical, getting you closer to your maximum potential.