Up until a few months ago, I had heard about the mythical “mind muscle connection” but had discounted it. The theory goes that there is a connection to the made between your muscles and your mind-after all, your brain sends the impulse that commands your muscles to contract right? Here is actually a really nice article on it http://www.musclemag.com/muscle-building/mastering-the-mind-muscle-connection/#.Uwed1v37UlI Previously I had always weight lifted like an athlete, I moved the weight however possible, almost reacting to the load of weight that I had to move. Lately, I’ve concentrated on slower more deliberate movements and have focused a lot more on the actual contraction of the muscle. I have seen a increase in upper body strength and mass for sure with this method. As for lower body, I can’t say for sure the strength/mass gained but I do know my form has been better and I have been getting hurt less often. I will have a post about an upper body workout early next week, But just to touch on today, it was a lower body workout and I went super slow on my squats and single legged leg presses. I only performed 10 total sets(6 sets squats, 4 sets single legged leg presses)but I was barely able to make it back to my car in the parking lot!