Demystifying Strength Training pt. 1 - A Call to Arms

As the expression goes, "strength is your container". Bigger containers can hold more items. (Thank you captain obvious). Stronger people have more potential.

Let us focus on "potential" for a bit. I don't want you to hear what I didn't say. I'm not saying all you need is strength training, nor did I say everything else is pointless. What I am saying is strength training needs (this is not a suggestion) to be the focal point of your training. 

The hardest thing about strength training is that it is not easy. There will be days where you feel like Hercules is loosely based off the story of your life. And there are other days where you will feel like a baby giraffe learning to walk for the first time. Most the time you will be somewhere in the middle.

Honestly, strength training is boring, tedious, and downright mundane. But if you want to be a better version of yourself not only is it necessary, it is totally worth it. 

Many of us, live a lifestyle, where we won't see the direct benefits of strength training right away. However, strength training is the proverbial fountain of youth. 

Others of us have been told lies concerning strength training. For example, many runners have been told the lie that it will slow them down, women have been told that it will make them bulky, and others still have been told that it will get them hurt. 

I work with a high school runner right now who is having the best season of his life, and he gives credit to the strength training he's been doing here. I know plenty of women who strength training and do not get bulky at all. Women don't have the same amounts of testosterone that men do, as a result women lean up.

In regards to getting hurt, paraphrasing the renowned fitness industry sage Dan John, "Strength training doesn't hurt you, the way you strength train is". Case and point, the video below is a good example of how not to deadlift.

In fact, getting stronger will actually help you become more resilient. Such benefits include; improving bone density, and strengthening of tendons. 

We need to be stronger, it's that simple. Yet too many of us don't really know what strength is. More importantly, many of us don't know how to properly strength training. Over the course of this series I plan on clearing that all up. There are several things we will be talking about, which in no particular order are;

  • Tempo (fast v. slow)
  • Movements
  • Progressive overload
  • Volume
  • Intensity
  • Mentality (Intent)
  • Eccentric v. Concentric
  • Sets and reps 
  • Consistency

I know, it is a long list. That's because there is a lot that goes into being stronger. My hope is by the end of this series you'll have a better idea of what strength training entails. 

-Dave

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