Lifting has many benefits for motor sport athletes which many coaches and athletes are beginning to understand. For most of motor sport history many coaches and athletes did not really understand just how physical and neurological great motor sport performances were, and how much these attributes can be improved with off-the-track training.
Heavy barbell lifting for maximum strength (bench, squat, deadlift, press) is the fastest way to improve neural integration. Neural integration is primarily improved through improvement in the motor cortex of the brain. The motor cortex is the base for all physical movement. The more developed the motor cortex the greater will be a person’s spatial reasoning and reaction time; two of the most important elements for a top-level motor sport athlete.
Forcing the body to develop greater neural integration through heavy lifting can have a positive developmental effect on the motor cortex, literally immediately. This can directly lead to improved performance on the track for drivers.
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