As lifters, runners, or couch potatoes, what exactly is being communicated between our brain and muscles while squatting, pedaling, or flipping channels? How does this communication affect performance, muscle function, and future performances? Does the conversation suggest what we’re best suited to perform one form of exercise over another form of exercise?

Trent Herda and Michael Trevino from the University of Kansas conduct a study to show communication between the brain and quadriceps muscles of 15 healthy people whom regularly strength train, run long distances, or do neither.

Among the findings, Herda and Trevino showed that the quadriceps muscle fibers of the endurance trainers were able to fire more rapidly.


For complete study methods, results, and conclusions, read the entire article here.