Strength Training By Lifters, For Lifters
Strength training has been an important part of my life for over a decade. It has taught me many lessons, and introduced me to great friends. I simply want to spread the good word of the barbell and share those same lessons with as many people as possible.
There is no one greater measure of capability than strength. When researching correlations between health and independence across various populations, strength and muscle size is by far the biggest predictor. As Mark Bell says ‘Strength is never a weakness’.
What Is Strength Training
Strength training (or resistance training as it is also known) uses an outside force to put stress on a muscle. A simple example of this is the bicep curl – you hold a weight (such as a dumbbell) in your hand, and curl your arm up. The bicep muscles have to work harder due to the weight you’re holding – your brain thinks ‘Hmm, these guys worked pretty hard today. We should make these muscles bigger for next time’. That way, your muscles will be better prepared the next time you want to perform that movement.
This basic idea is the fundamental principle behind any successful strength training program. You lift something to create ‘stress’ on the body, and so it responds by making you bigger and stronger to better handle that stress in the future. If you don’t think that’s badass, then maybe you’re on the wrong website. Now, of course, to see large changes you must train consistently for a long period of time – Rome wasn’t built in a day!
Whether you want to look better naked, crack the pavement outside when you go for a walk, or simply more capable than you were yesterday – weight training should be part of your recipe for success. Book your free introductory session with one of our expert coaches today and we’ll show you how strength training can benefit you!