My phrase for 2015 is simple: Get Better. Last weekend I held a seminar for about 17 people where we talked about a bunch of different things we can all do to get better this year. We talked about many different topics and I’m going to start going over them so that you can get better this year, as well!
The first category is one near and dear to my heart: Strength.
Strength is really limited in what it can do for you so really I don’t even know why we work on it.
All it does is improve:
· strength itself
· cardiovascular health
· bone density
· body composition
· hormonal profiles
· mental outlook
· immune system function
· recovery ability
· the ability to function under stress
· the ability to be a functional human being
Other than that who knows why we work on it.
My one takeaway for strength is willingness. This is really what all of this comes down to. You must be willing to get out of your comfort zone for a short period of time to get results. Let me stress also that training with this willingness and effort helps you mentally as well as physically. When you are squatting with a heavy weight, whatever that means to you, it takes tremendous concentration and focus to maintain your form and do what needs to be done to finish your set. You have to maintain your upper back position, push your hips back and knees out etc.
You have to remember and perform all this in a certain order while under stress. How often in life do you have to face a task that seems huge or insurmountable? Lifting for strength gives you the mindset to attack the task in a logical order and proceed one step at a time.
So the next time you train, think about what you get when the set is over. I know the set itself will be uncomfortable. That’s fine, and what’s more, it’s necessary. When you push yourself harder and really try to improve that strength, though, think about how that will feel afterward. Eyes on the prize!
Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Lean Eating Coach, FMS
2861 Grove Way in Castro Valley
I Help People Discover Their Strength!