Muscle Recruitment Patterns and Discharge Rate

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One of the most important philosophical/physiological aspects is to understand the utilization of the discharge rate/sequence. The discharge rate is the progressive recruitment and activation of our motor units within our muscles. In order for an action or exercise to be effective, we must fire from the smallest to the largest motor units. From a anatomical perspective, we should fire our transverse abdominis before we fire our obliques or rectus abdominis. The transverse abdominis is one of the main stabilizers of our core/spine and therefore we must activate it first before we turn on the larger heavier muscles. It only makes sense doesn’t it? If we do not stabilize or brace ourselves for the action before the prime movers (main delivery muscles that will “do” the exercise) are activated then there would be varying degrees of output along with possible awkward delivery of an exercise due to earlier fatigue. This…

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