How do you make the central nervous system stronger

As the title says.

Ive tried doing a search on it on google/yahoo but didnt come up with anything.


Anything high intensity is your answer in a nut shell (sprinting, lifting, jumping, throwing).

“What doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger”

Hmmm possibly - but is that the correct question?
Can it be strengthed - or can it only be optimised?
Would a better way to look at it be how do we use it to our optimum/maximum - many atempts to strengthen it invariably lead to failure and injury.

Hi intensity work over time will likely shift the CNS limits somewhat but it is very easy to get yourself in trouble and recovery of the CNS is tough. Generally, you’ll need to work within the limits you have at any point along the way.

I guess there is a sizeable genetic limit too?

Actually - Charlie - have you come across many people who can tolerate alot of Hi-Intensity work AND Low- Intesnity work?
i.e. - Lift heavy and keep going all day?

Are the Bulgarian Lifters and some other wieghtlifters the top example of volumous high intensity work?
Or is it another sport where the volume of high intensity is higher?

Sorry - I’m thinking more of very strong Rugby players who can keep going all day long and have a high capacity to cover gound and make tackles etc.

Oh, I see what you’re getting at.

I don’t know if this is relevant but I have noticed that if I do a gradual cooldown I feel better, less fatigued.

Kurt Angle is the most extreeme example that I have seen of what you are referring too. (I mean when he was an amature wrestler, his preperation in the year leading to the olympics. A few years before he became a show wrestler ofcourse.)

I believe increasing CNS capacity requires a gradual increase of high intensity training frequency over a period of several years.

For example:

Age 10: 2 sessions / week
Age 11: 3 aessions / week

Age 20: 12 sessions/ week (or 2 per day with 1 days recovery)

This is certainly the approach followed by most top weightlifting coaches

This is for Weightlifting only David or as a general principle?

Applying it to sprinting, I think it’s similar to moving from:

Day 1 & 4: Track
i.e. 2 HI sessions per week


Day 1: Track
Day 2: Weights
Day 3: Tempo
i.e. 4 HI sessions per week


Day 1: Track & Weights
Day 2: Tempo
i.e. 6 HI sessions per week

Sorry - yes understand now, the progression though is probably most influenced by 1. Genetic Potential of the NS 2. Social factors affecting Athlete

Couldn’t it be the exact opposite? Young kids have less chance of taxing their CNS as the intensity isn’t as high and they aren’t able to tap into potential. Whereas elite performers at their hightest performance levels take much longer to recover.:slight_smile:

Its because they can’t generate the force that they can’t wear it out/comsunme it etc