Infographic: How Weight Lifting Changes Monkeys’ Neural Connections
Infographic: How Weight Lifting Changes Monkeys’ Neural Connections
After weeks of training, the muscles of two macaques exhibited greater responses to stimulation of the reticulospinal tract in the brain stem than they had before, suggesting that strengthening the neural pathway is key to getting stronger. 
Infographic: How Weight Lifting Changes Monkeys’ Neural Connections
Infographic: How Weight Lifting Changes Monkeys’ Neural Connections

After weeks of training, the muscles of two macaques exhibited greater responses to stimulation of the reticulospinal tract in the brain stem than they had before, suggesting that strengthening the neural pathway is key to getting stronger. 

After weeks of training, the muscles of two macaques exhibited greater responses to stimulation of the reticulospinal tract in the brain stem than they had before, suggesting that strengthening the neural pathway is key to getting stronger. 

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Neural Connections Bolstered in Monkeys That Lift Weights
Neural Connections Bolstered in Monkeys That Lift Weights
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A study in two macaques reveals the importance of increasing connectivity between muscles and the reticulospinal tract that runs from the brain stem down the spinal cord.
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