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Can we even feel muscles activating? With Raphael Bender

Find resources mentioned in the episode:

  • Schedule a call with our team here
  • Connect with Raph on IG here
  • Golgi Tendon Organs respond more to changes in tension than to absolute tension here
  • GTOs also desensitize after high tension.
  • Glute activation drills increase perception but not actual glute activation here
  • Elite bodybuilders can’t accurately sense muscle activation here
  • Conscious experience of expected movements is inhibited here
  • High levels of mechanical tension on individual muscle fibers is the main stimulus for strengthening here and here and here
  • Stretch-induced muscle growth here
  • Changes in back pain after TrA retraining are not related to changes in TrA timing here
  • External focus of attention works better in rehab here
About Raphael Bender:

Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.

Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.

How to Connect with Raphael:

Purchase Raph’s books:

  • Strengthen The Person Not Just The Body Part here
  • How to make $100k/year teaching Pilates here
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