Sounds like one of those too-good-to-be-true claims, we thought. But researchers at Bishop's University in Quebec recently conducted a study* which indicated that mental training alone could increase muscle strength.
two-week study took 30 male university athletes and divided them into
three groups. The study focused on the hip flexor muscles, since that is
one muscle group that can't be readily exercised in other contexts or
with free weights.
One group performed physical training with a hip flexor weight machine; one group mentally practiced hip flexions at increasing amounts of weight; the third group did neither. At the end of the study, the group doing the physical exercises had increased its strength by 28.3%, which is not surprising. The group who did nothing not unexpectedly saw almost no difference. But what's astounding is that the guys who practiced only mentally saw their strength increase by 23.7%!
bottom line of the study isn't that we don't need to exercise—of course
we do—but rather that empowering your mind in order to improve your
body can really enhance your performance!
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* Erin M. Shackell and Lionel G. Standing, "Mind Over
Matter: Mental Training Increases Physical Strength," North American
Journal of Psychology, 2007, Vol. 9, No. 1, 189—200.