The Importance of Building Strength

The Importance of Building Strength

So pulling, pushing, carrying, throwing, squatting and picking up heavy things. All these movements can make you strong, build muscle and help bulletproof the body.

We work these Movements into every session we have at the unit. From the spartan sessions to the weightlifting 101 course.

I love strength work. It helps me with my glass back, knees, shoulders the list goes on.

Generally if I don't lift using the movements mentioned previously I start to feel sore.

Strange I know, your supposed to feel worse for lifting aren't you?

Working the muscles, joints and tendons/ligaments help keep the body strong (as long as you use good form).

Running is good, gymnastics is good, swimming is good. But a good base of strength gives you the ability to move well in all of them.

For me the big lifts work the best.

  • Deadlifts, Romanian deadlifts, rack pulls and trap bar deadlifts.
  • Squats, back squats, front squats, zercher squats and goblet squats.
  • Benchpress, overhead press, press ups and dips.
  • And let's not forget Rows, carries, lunges, cleans … the lift goes on.

The more muscles and joints worked the better and don't forget to get your protein and fats in as well.

And the last piece of advice, do your lifting before you do your cardio (ideally cardio would be sled pushes, pulls or carries). Lifting involves multi-joint movements and plenty of muscles to be used. So it's best when your fresh. Walking or jogging on a treadmill is relatively simple in comparison.

Really hope this helps and I I hope you have a great week of training.

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