jpg wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:54 pm
Andrew Pohlman wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:30 pm
I regularly do free weights, rest up, then practice CG. The exercise physiology theory is to do the fine motor skills last. It is a mistake to practice guitar THEN do free weights, as all the gross motor training will swamp out the fine. But doen the other way, the fine skills ride on top of the gross motor training.
This is very interesting! I usually have gone the other way, thinking that I wouldn't have any 'finesse' after the heavy lifting. I'll have to try the other way around.
Key phrase = "rest up". It won't work if you put down the weights then immediately pick up the guitar.
Anatomically - we are talking about "motor units" or nerve structures that activate muscle cells. For gross motor, a few motor units activate many muscle cells. For fine motor, there are more motor units and each one controls a small number of cells leading to a finer degree of control. Practicing guitar actually builds up the quantity of motor units. Lifting weights actually builds up more connections between a motor unit and the large number of cells it will control.
Kind of fun to think about, eh?