Strength And Hypertrophy

This article is about the importance of improving your strength.

When it comes to weight lifting there’s two primary approaches, strength and hypertrophy. Everyone has their preference and mine is strength. The feeling I get when I’m moving something heavy is exhilarating. Another thing I love about strength training is I don’t gain excess mass from it. Yeah you’ll gain some mass when focusing on strength but strength is primarily influenced by the nervous system.

If you love training at high intensity levels then strength training is for you. If you want to be able to lift heavy ass weight while staying lean then strength training is for you. Don’t be fooled by the large powerlifters and strongmen you see. Their size is primarily due to their large calorie intakes. There’s different powerlifting weight classes so it’s definitely possible to be tremendously strong and lean at the same time. I know of people that weigh 180 pounds that can deadlift over 600 pounds. Since strength is a function of the nervous system, they got so strong due to body adaptation.

I don’t consider myself to be a powerlifter but I am interested in improving my overall physical performance, in life and sports. My current goal is to improve my relative strength, which is my strength to weight ratio. Lifting heavy helps me do that.

The key to get stronger is to do compound lifts at 80-95 % of your 1RM for 3-5 reps. Make sure to rest for 2-3 minutes in between sets. Due to the stress it puts on your nervous system, I wouldn’t recommend strength training on consecutive days. I also don’t recommend lifting heavy more than 3 times in a given week. I currently lift heavy twice a week so I can still have energy for other parts of my life.

So if you want to be a better athlete LIFT HEAVY. If you want to feel like a total badass LIFT HEAVY. If you want to increase your testosterone LIFT HEAVY. Just LIFT HEAVY.  Hell, if you want to improve your muscle building potential, LIFT HEAVY. Who do you think has more growth potential, someone who deadlifts 400 or someone who deadlifts 225? As I work toward reaching my physical potential, I believe strength training will be a valuable asset for me.

Disclaimer: Choose weights in which you can get quality reps with good form.

Let’s Ruck!

I recently got into rucking. Rucking is when you put weights or other heavy objects in your backpack and walk with that resistance. I’ve been doing extensive research on rucking to see if it’s worth my time. Based on research and actually trying it, I believe it’s worthy of your time. Rucking is walking on steroids. The benefits you get from walking like fat loss, endurance, mental clarity, and stress relief also applies to rucking. In fact, I’ve heard claims that rucking can help you burn three times as much calories as walking. Rucking also strengthens your core, traps, and shoulders because those muscles are activated in order to handle the weight.

I usually go rucking every Saturday for an hour as a form of active recovery. I feel amazing after because I no longer have the burden of weighs on my back. I have more mental clarity because I  get to go outside. Rucking is a mental exercise as well because it takes mental toughness to walk a long distance with weights strapped onto your body. It’s a great way to boost your willpower. Why do you think rucking is prevalent in the military?

I have to warn you. There’s risks involved with rucking just like any other form of exercise. If you’re going to take part in rucking, it’s best that you get the right gear. It’s recommended that you wear boots to lower the stress on your feet but I usually wear well-fitting running shoes. I use a regular backpack as my rucksack to save money. To avoid stress on my lower back, I use a belt to pull my backpack higher up on my body. To play it safe, it’s best to use an actual ruck sack. A weighted vest is also good and will probably distribute the weight more evenly on your body. You might get some weird looks walking around with a weighted vest or a large back pack but the results are well worth it. I’d recommend rucking if you want to maintain muscle and lose fat.

The Ultimate Upper Body Exercise

This article is about why you should add chin-ups to your workout routine.

If I had to choose one movement to build a great upper body, it would be the chin-up. The reason I like the chin-up is that it hits other muscle groups as well. The upper-back, lats, traps, and core are all engaged during the chin-up movement. The famous bicep curl only works one muscle group. This allows you to build a well-rounded upper-body. It’s also a good way to develop your relative strength. If you want to place a greater emphasis on the upper back muscle, you can do pull-ups instead. Pull-ups is when you have your palm facing away from you. Sometimes I like alternating between chin-ups and pull-ups so I can fully target the different muscle groups.

One version of the chin-up that has given me great results is the eccentric focused chin-ups with a four second pause at the bottom. The idea of this is to lower yourself down slowly when doing the chin-up. Once you’re at the bottom, pause for four seconds. The reason it’s good to lower yourself slowly is because the eccentric/lowering portion of a movement is where the most muscle tear happens. Muscle tear is the key to muscle growth. I like to add more resistance by adding a weight belt with a weight plate attached. You can also do weighted chin-ups without the eccentric focus but your muscle fibers won’t be stimulated as much.

Before using these advance methods of chin-ups, it’s important that you’re comfortable doing regular chin-ups. If you get good at the eccentric focused chin-ups with weights, your upper-body will thank you tremendously. I’ve experienced great results from this and I’m sure it’ll work for you too!

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Fitness is My Medicine

This is the post excerpt.

The great philosopher,Socrates once said ” No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable of”.

This quote applies to women as well. If you’re looking at this page that means you’re passionate about health and fitness. You’re someone who’s passionate about seeing the amazing things your body is capable of. I made this blog because I believe humans are made to move. I feel so alive when I’m moving  moving my body and working a sweat.

I’m passionate about health and fitness. Working out is one my favorite ways of self-expression. Throughout my fitness journey, I’ve tried different methods of training throughout my fitness journey. My favorite training methods are strength and sports specific training. I believe training like an athlete is the easiest way to have a functional and attractive body.

In addition to strength and athletic training, I’ve also tried bodyweight training, yoga, and bodybuilding. Fitness has been a big part of my life and has given me the strength to handle different challenges. It has also helped me increase confidence in my abilities. I hope my experiences and the things I’ve learned along my fitness journey can help you see the amazing things your body is capable of.

 

 

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