55 – Adam Miller & Jacques Taylor Neurological Training for Strength and Muscle Gain

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On the podcast, today are two brilliant minds and expert strength coaches.  MI40 Gym’s own Adam Miller,  former top collegiate strength and conditioning coach and world-ranked, national record holding powerlifter. Also, neuroscientist, exercise scientist and founder of MyoTopia, Jacques Taylor.

Both join Ben to discuss potentiation sets, programming for strength gains, the effect your mindset and emotions have towards training a certain body part and how this effects workout performance and much more.


Key Highlights

⇾ Acute and long-term changes in strength and neuromuscular efficiency due to training.

⇾ Synaptic hypertrophy.

⇾ What 90% of personal trainers are doing wrong with their programming.

⇾ What a potentiation set looks like and how to do it.

Time Stamps:

3:15 What’s going on with the nervous system when it comes to strength?

6:40 What is stress? Force per unit area.

9:00 The energy demands of eccentric, concentric, and isometric parts of the motion.

9:50 What’s the most effective method to learn how to use high threshold motor units in less time?

12:35 Does motor unit recruitment decrease as you fatigue?

14:49 Failure is not one point, it’s a process.

15:40 How to know when you’re fatigued and when you need to just man up.

19:00 What a potentiation set looks like and how to do it.

21:30 Off-season powerlifting training volume, is more volume really needed to get stronger? Or are you wasting your time?

23:05 The impact of your mind on the quality of your training session.

24:02 Synaptic hypertrophy?

30:15 What 90% of personal trainers are doing wrong with their programming.

35:40 How do you know you’ve done enough in the gym?

37:15 Are you doing too few or too many sets?

45:20 Getting it done in the gym, are you ready to stimulate new adaptations when you start your training session?


Resources Mentioned

Delsa Systems


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Contact: amillermi40@gmail.com


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Ben Pakulski

Ben Pakulski

Since first lifting weights as a teenager, Ben has been on a mission to do whatever it takes… …to become the most muscular man on the planet! On the eve of The Arnold Classic, he confronts the dark realities of bodybuilding… And his own future! Follow him on his journey…

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