Nothing beats the feeling of knowing you’re stronger today than you were yesterday. If you train with weights on a regular basis, chances are you know how exciting it is to nail a heavy lift you could once barely budge. To score your next PR (personal record), give post-activation potentiation (PAP) a try. This method can help you go heavier on maximum-effort lifts like squats, bench presses and deadlifts — today. Exercise physiologist Dean Somerset compares PAP to a priming button on a lawn mower. “You pump that a couple of times to get some gas into the chamber, and that helps you to start it up a lot easier and generate some power at the go,” he says.
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