Real World Strength

We all know ‘those’ people. Those people who have strength that denies expectation.

Whether its the house wife that can move a fridge by herself, but doesn’t believe she can pick up a barbell. Or the labourer who has never been to the gym in his life, but has a grip like a boa constrictor – we all know ‘those’ people.

But where does this strength come from? And how can you go about getting real world strength?

Well the Gods honest truth of it is that some people are just born stronger than others. Some people are born with above average levels of muscle, strength, and nervous system potential than others. Sorry… life’s unfair like that. The good news however is that ther are some simple steps that you can take to do something about it and super charge your strength both in and out of the gym.

1. Use Total Body Lifts – 

Now, while I do categorise movements based on muscular biase i.e. Pull ups are an upper body movement and squats are a lower body movement. The simple fact is that if you are doing any of the big lifts right, you are using every ounce of muscle fibre that you have in order to stay stable, strong, and solid throughout a full range of motion. I remember the first time I deadlifted 200kg my feet where what hurt the most once I was done. My feet… think about that. My entire body was working so hard the soles of my feet hurt from the intensity of my training. 

If you are doing it right, pretty much any lift can be a total body lift. So make these lifts the base of your training.

2. Be Strong Frequently – 

No one ever got strong doing something once in a while. The only way tot get strong is via repeated effort over a long period of time. I once worked with a guy who could move an entire king size mattress up stairs by himself. If that doesn’t sound impressive to you, you clearly haven’t tried gripping on to a king size mattress.

When I asked him how he did it he just said, “practice”. 

Frequency of exposure drives adaptation. So get out there and move weights frequently and you will get stronger!

3. Be Functional – 

No, I don’t mean do it on a bosu ball. What I mean is train using real world practical movements that transfer outside of the gym. 

Weighted carries, compound lifts, and sled work should make up the bulk of your training. Training biceps might seem like a great idea, but chin ups and sand bag carries are a better alternative.

If you are only concerned with gym based strength then you have gotten away from what really matters. Developing fitness and strength that you can apply in everyday life. 

Don’t live and die for a deadlift PR if you cant do a chin up.

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