Unleashing the Power Within: Myofascial Slings and the Art of Power Training

Zev Weisdorf
3 min readNov 16, 2023
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In the world of fitness, power training has long been hailed as the holy grail for those seeking to unleash their inner strength and athleticism. However, as we delve deeper into the intricate web of human anatomy, we discover that the key to unlocking true power lies not just in isolated muscle development, but in the seamless integration of myofascial slings.

Imagine your body as a symphony of interconnected strings, each contributing to the harmonious movement of the whole. Enter myofascial slings — the unsung heroes that bind muscles, fascia, and movement patterns into a dynamic, power-packed ensemble.

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The concept of myofascial slings, popularized by the likes of Thomas Myers, emphasizes the interconnectedness of muscles through fascial lines that crisscross the body. Picture it as a high-stakes game of connect-the-dots, where the dots represent various muscle groups, and the lines, the fascial slings that link them together.

Now, let’s talk power training. Traditionally, power has been associated with brute strength and isolated muscle development. However, the savvy fitness enthusiast knows that true power emanates from the synergy of muscle groups working in tandem. Myofascial slings, it turns out, are the conductors orchestrating this symphony of strength.

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Incorporating myofascial slings into your power training routine is like adding spice to a bland dish — it elevates the entire experience. Take, for instance, the posterior oblique sling, linking the latissimus dorsi to the opposite gluteus maximus. Engaging this sling in exercises like kettlebell swings not only fires up your posterior chain but also integrates the power transfer between the upper and lower body.

The lateral sling, connecting the hip abductors to the opposite shoulder, is another player in this power-packed ensemble. Imagine the finesse of a pitcher winding up to throw a fastball — that’s the lateral sling at work, transferring energy from the ground up through the core and out into the arm.

So, the next time you hit the gym in pursuit of power, think beyond the bicep curls and leg presses. Consider the intricate dance of myofascial slings and how they can transform your workout routine into a symphony of strength. After all, in the world of power training, it’s not just about lifting heavy; it’s about lifting smart, and myofascial slings might just be the secret sauce you’ve been missing.

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Zev Weisdorf

Strength Coach, Learner, Creator, Investor, Jewish, Brother to 4 incredible siblings, currently in London Ontario! Join me for the ride.