Link-o-rama II: Friday miscellany

Stuff to distract you while you're pretending to work:

Neural adaptation to learning new motor skills occurs very quickly.

"New connections begin to form between brain cells almost immediately as
animals learn a new task...
'We found very quick and robust synapse formation almost immediately,
within one hour of the start of training," said Yi Zuo, assistant
professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology at UCSC.'"

Learning the physical movements shouldn't take long, assuming no physical limitation (mobility issues, etc). If the brain adapts that fast to the movement pattern, it would seem the movement itself is not the primary limiting factor in achieving a physical skill.

 


The physique is cut, but it's the lats that are intimidating.

 

I found this video on the muscles of the back to be highly fascinating.  I probably could have just read an anatomy book, but at the moment, my anatomy book is in storage somewhere.  Posterior chain strength has a high correlation with explosive power.  You don't typically want to tussle with someone who has a thick back.  Now I have a better sense of why that is the case.  With that many muscles on the back attaching to the spine, the thick backs have a lot of strong spine stabilizers to facilitate power transfer from the legs.

 


Delivery is more important than total power.

 

Steve Morris notes in a lengthy, but interesting post that training to maximize punching power can be counterproductive.  Power generation has to be trained within the context of offensive and defensive flow with an opponent (as I've noted before in a past post).  Why focus so much effort on that maximal power punch (pull, throw, kick, etc) when submaximal force is often effective and you can't flow into the conditions where you can actually use maximum power?