Why do we strength train? Because being strong is better than being weak. I’ve never heard anyone say, “I wish I was weaker.” When you are strong it’s easier to move yourself and other objects around. When you are stronger you can do more for yourself and don’t have to rely on others.
With that being said, Strength Training is more than just lifting up heavy things and putting them down. Strength Training is about promoting changes and creating adaptations throughout the body. There is a lot of detail and nuance to it and many books have been written about it. This post is going to be about why we believe strength to be a very important component to both health, fitness, appearance and performance.
Strength Training is like an ogar, or an onion, there are many layers. Such as maximal strength, relative strength, speed strength, starting strength, and strength endurance. Each of these layers are aspects of Strength Training that we use both in the gym as well as in the real world. As CrossFitters, we combine gymnastics strength, olympic weightlifting and power lifting to improve all aspects of strength, endurance and your athleticism.
Strength Training has been known to increase and maintain muscle mass and bone density. Help decrease injury. Improve body composition, metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure and increase your confidence and the likelyhood of you being a BadAss. A large part of our improvement comes from the neuroendocrine response (nervous system & endocrine system). “Most important adaptations to exercise are in part or completely a result of a hormonal or neurological shift.” -Coach Glassman-.
The exercises, intensity, volume and rest all contribute to eliciting a significant neuroendocrine response. By combining our gymnastics movements with weightlifting at moderate to high intensity we promote this type of response in the body. They also happen to be movements we can train to help you be more efficient in other avenues of athletics and the outside world.
Our goal is to help develop YOU, our Everyday Athlete to be stronger, fitter, better at whatever you choose. Strength is not something you can leave in the gym, you need to take it everywhere you go. It could be skiing and hiking, CrossFitting or Racing. Or it could be looking in the Mirror with confidence before hitting up the pool this summer. And we can’t do all that without Strength Training.
The next time you go up the mountain, sign up for a race, or get into a CrossFit competition, you’re gonna need your strength. The next time you need to carry your luggage, hurdle an obstacle or make eye contact with someone who can’t, you’re gonna need your strength. It’s the way we do it that develops fit and athletic looking bodies. It’s the way we do it that helps you age gracefully. It’s the way we do it that helps you have the freedom to physically do anything your heart desires.
There are many lessons to be learned Under the Bar, I learned plenty in college, but those are completely different and for another time. There is not now nor has there ever been such a thing as too strong. And the benefits of Strength Training far outweigh the costs. So get your Ass in the Gym and Get Strong!!!
Train Hard. Live Easy.