Neurotransmitters & Training Psychology

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    Hey Joe,


    I remember listening to an interview that you had with someone (can’t remember when or who interviewed you) and you mentioned something about you having an interest in delving into psychology and the impact that could have with hypertrophy training to further advance your education/coaching. With this being said, are you familiar with the Braverman test? It paints a picture as to which of the 4 main neurotransmitters (Dopamine, Acetylcholine, GABA, & Serotonin) someone may have a deficiency/dominance in. I remember Poliquin mentioning this and how it could influence someone’s training style and preference. Someone with a higher Dopaminergic signaling might do better with more HIT/Progressive Overload/Beat the log book balls to the wall approach (I.e Jordan Peters, who has even mentioned he could not be able to train any other way) as opposed to someone with a Dopamine deficiency and more of a GABA/Serotonin dominance (Reminds me of Fouad Abiad who for a while tried to do JP style training and said he just preferred a more “accumulating fatigue through higher volume” a la Jay Cutler. Now I know this is something we haven’t explored in depth yet and at the end of the day we know that mechanical tension is the primary driver of hypertrophy and showing adaptations through progressive overload is all that matters at the end of the day but I feel ones personality and mental state will determine what someone enjoys more and with that comes adherence, motivation, and progress. For instance having a set exercise selection / split / recording weights / beating the log book approach (which is in my opinion the absolute best and most efficient way to train) is something I find dreadful… just makes me bored and anxious.

    I think I know what your answer is going to be 🙂 but would love to hear your thoughts on this and the impact this may have on training programming the more we advance in this field.

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