Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Sunny San Diego
Quantitative maximum strength is purely a physical measurement of how much work your muscles can do working in maximum conditions. Much like a motor, the body has to be tuned and the right combo of "parts" is necessary to get 100% of that strength out. Fiber size and conditioning are a good part of that and can be affected by lesser intensity workouts, but the "coil" and "computer" (ie nerves and brain) aren't always tuned to make optimum "spark", thus a lesser performance, even if it's a built 306. In short, your muscles are activated by electric pulses in the nervous system which are "fired" by the brain. It actually does take a bit of mental conditioning to have the capability of making full spark. In essence you can't just tell your muscles to lift the weight, it will send that signal, but only at say half power. it takes a little work and practice to train your brain to "fire" a full spark each time that command "contract muscle X" is given. It is important to visualize each lift prior to grabbing the barbell, handle, etc. Even if your body is in great shape, youve still got to warm up the brain to be able to command your body to work at 100%. You wouldn't run a stock coil and computer in a blown 351, so why would you use the same brain in the gym that you use to push a pencil at work?