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Old 03-07-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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I've recently read of few articles about blind folded workouts, and I watched a couple videos on the topic as well. The reasoning behind this type of workout is that the weight psychs people out and causes a mental block and sometimes results in a cognative block in the muscle itself. Also, it creates a more powerful mind muscle connection too.

I decided to try it out with some exercises that wouldn't kill me (AKA BENCH). It was arm day so I tried some bicep curls, after a few warm ups something amazing happened. Simply imagining the weight lighter than what was actually there cause the weight to feel much much lighter. It was very shocking. Then I decided to go for a weight I knew I couldn't do. After some meditation with the fold on my face, and constantly thinking over and over again that it was nothing but a feather. I was able to curl it 10 plus times. There is something strange going on here.

The I went for the next arm, and again something strange happened once more. As I was doing the set with the heaviest weight I did on the previous arm, my blind fold came off of my face and I immediately saw the weight, and I couldnt move it at all! I was as if the weight was all in my head and when I saw it, the real weight told my arm I wasn't strong enough. Some crazy stuff is happening here.

After that workout, I continued the blind folded workout. And I've never had such amazing results from it. Hands down the best technique I've ever used, and would highly recommend anyone to try it out. It was simply amazing to experience such a powerful workout without actually seeing it happen, but feeling it instead.

Has anyone ever tried this before on the forum, if so could you let me know what your experiences were? I would love to hear back!

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Old 03-08-2013, 12:02 AM   #2
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never tried it, but Pavel talks about it in Beyond Bodybuilding. his reasoning is different, though. he says that blindfolding helps you focus on all the technical points of an exercise and helps you feel/activate all the stabilizer muscles. it sounds potentially valuable to me, but i have no practical way of trying it.
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A good way to try it without looking strange, try wearing a beanie and simply covering your eyes with it. That's what I do!
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Actually, that's an interesting idea. I've undertstould for a while that people tend to get certain numbers associated with certain levels of difficulty in their heads. The idea that you could lift without those preconceptions is intriguing. I may look into this.

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Ed Coan would often have someone pick a weight for him at meets, not wanting to know what it was.

I do this for my teen and female trainees.

Not knowing can have benefits.
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I picked up a weight, in a sports shop once, a load that I'd never lifted previously but it lokked lighter than my normal loads, so I wasn't concerned; strangely it also felt lighter than my heaviest load (at that date)...I went back to the shop to double-check the load because I didn't believe it was accurate.

Similar principle, I guess.
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The only time I've lifted something that was different from what I thought it was was when I forgot to put a 10lb plate on one side to match the one I had put on the other side. I squatted it and thought there was something wrong with one of my legs, but I still lifted it without tilting at all.

I was quite surprised when I realized why it felt a little off.
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