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Feeling a muscle working doesn’t mean it’s getting stronger, with Natalie Wilson and Raphael Bender

Resources mentioned in the episode:

  • PE episode 160 Can we even feel muscles activating? here
  • Glute activation drills don’t increase glute activation here
  • High levels of mechanical tension on individual muscle fibers is the main stimulus for strengthening here and here and here
  • DOMS is caused by unaccustomed exercise including longer muscle lengths or eccentric components here
  • DOMS is not a good indicator of whether your workout was effective here
  • The repeated bout effect means that as you get used to a particular workout it causes less and less soreness here
  • In the prone leg extension test there is high variability in the order of muscle firing between healthy pain-free people here
  • Connect with Natalie Wilson on Instagram
  • Connect with Raph on Instagram
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 new book:

  • Strengthen The Person Not Just The Body Part here
About Natalie Wilson:

Born and raised in Hawaii, Natalie’s foundation in movement comes from years of training in the native dances of Hawaii and Tahiti.  After college, Natalie pursued a career in social work and mental health.  She discovered Pilates after the birth of her second child and loved how the practice gave her renewed strength, energy, and focus. Desiring a career shift, Natalie enrolled in a comprehensive Pilates training program, graduating in early 2017.  In addition, Natalie received her National Pilates Certification in 2020 and her Pilates Certification from Breathe Education in February 2022.  She currently teaches at Vitality Pilates as well as the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and too many houseplants.

How to Connect with Natalie:

  • Find Natalie on Instagram here
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