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Guest Blog Post – Eric Cressey – SWS – Real Activation


Here is a guest blog post I did for Eric Cressey.

It dealt with modifying a conventional activation exercise and you know, here at Diesel, that is what we are famous for.

What I do with my athletes is introduce an elastic band into their rehab / activation protocols for scapular wall slides (SWS).

Here was a question from one of Eric’s readers:

“On the surface, the sounds extremely innovative and effective, but it got me wondering…..I thought the purpose of low(er) level activation work was merely to get the muscle firing and then to integrate it in other training (rows, pull-ups, etc) to derive further benefits in MU recruitment, strength, and so on.

For example, “classic” scapular wall slides followed by a chin or pull-up with full scapular retraction and depression, possibly even with iso holds i the top position.

I am genuinely curious and do not mean this post in an offensive way.”

Here was my response:

You’re exactly right in your progression model. The intent of the exercise is to transition from low threshold motor unit (LTMU) recruitment to a higher threshold motor unit (HTMU) improving intramuscular coordination prior to integration (intermuscular coordination).

You can read all about it HERE.

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3 Responses to “Guest Blog Post – Eric Cressey – SWS – Real Activation”

  1. Joe Says:

    You smart.

  2. Jeff Says:

    So, “basically,” this is an efficient way to increase MU recruitment in a specific muscle group without having to excessively fatigue it with volume or heavy weights prior to your actual main lift(s)?

  3. Zack Says:

    i got an idea for a fit celebrity
    just saw him preforming the human flag in Mens Health magazine: Jason Statham

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