Movement is complex: each time your body moves, there are tens of thousands of neurons sending electrical signals. Whether you're training for a marathon, learning a new piano piece, or working on your vertical, your brain needs to refine how it tells your muscles to make the complex movements required. The brain's unique ability to fine-tune itself—called plasticity—allows it to do just that.
Plasticity means your brain can strengthen existing connections between neurons and even form new functional pathways. Through this process, you progress from the raw, unrefined movements of a novice to the powerful, precise movements of an expert.
Optimizing your motor cortex helps your muscles perform better in a number of ways.
Coordination and technique
Coordination and technique rely on the motor cortex to send signals to the correct muscles and parts of muscles in the correct order. Through plasticity, your brain is able to ensure that your neurons are working together for a precise result, like playing an instrument, sinking a putt, or leaping a hurdle.
Endurance relies on the motor cortex to repeat an action for an extended period of time. Each time you take a step, swim a stroke, or pedal a bike, your brain and your muscles consume energy. Via plasticity, your training leads to more efficient movements, reducing the energy cost of each action and allowing you to endure for a longer period of time.
Strength relies on the motor cortex to ensure that your muscle fibers are contracting together and not competing with each other. Powerful output requires the coordination of the many thousands of neurons that activate a group of primary and synergist muscles. With plasticity, the brain learns to contract more useful muscle fibers and relax opposing fibers, allowing you to lift more.
Explosiveness relies on muscle fibers contracting together. Whether firing out of the starting blocks or leaping in the air to block a shot, your body relies on your brain to trigger explosive movement. Through plasticity, your motor cortex learns to send more synchronous electrical signals, causing muscle fibers to contract in unison. Acting together, these muscle fibers can generate force faster and contract faster, which means more explosive movement.
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