Neuromuscular System Development (NMSD)

page 214 Nervous SystemPerhaps the second most important training, exercise or movement recommendation I can make to anybody looking to shed fat, build muscle, concrete good movement skill, improve your quality life or generally feel better is, if you aren’t already, start weight training!

You can call it strength training, you can call it resistance training, it all essentially implies the same thing, so call it whatever you like.

And counterintuitively to how most people view strength training, you don’t need to go to a gym packed full of meatheads to bang out 3 sets of 10 bench press, and arm curls a few times a week either.

You can do it at home, or you can do it at the gym, you can do it with body weight, barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, or bands.

You have numerous options for training this system more effectively, maybe you even have access to something I’ve never even heard of yet that can stress your neuromuscular system.

In this section we’re merely going to attempt to demystify as much of this for you as we can.

Either way, with NMSD you are developing the neuromuscular system’s ability to tolerate load and transfer energy effectively, either through nervous system adaptation or muscular adaptation, or most likely a combination of both — hence – ‘neuro’-‘muscular’.

For simplicity sake I divided all my training programs into three separate segments worth focusing on:

  1. Mobility Development (MSD)
  2. Neuromuscular System Development (NMSD)
  3. Energy System Development (ESD)

There are some grey areas in this simplistic representation for sure, but I also find it easier to segment it like this for most people, particularly beginners.

For you, I just want to stress that training can and should be a lot easier than you’ve been led to believe.

And just in case you’re wondering I did put that in sort of an order of importance, based on what I see the most of.

Generally I don’t see people who are particularly mobile, they’ve mostly lost their ability to move efficiently (the definition of mobility) that we all develop in our childhood if put in a stimulating enough environment (most of us are).

Then I don’t see people who are generally strong, which is essentially the ability to apply and transfer force over a given time within a given situation.

This may not be you, but I tend to work with beginners and novices who put far too much emphasis on #3 at the expense of #1 and #2, maybe 10 years after creating this blog I’ll be writing the opposite (if the ideas here catch on and force a change in the opposite direction culturally…), but right now I’m just calling it as I see it.

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