Sunday, February 17, 2013

Why Strength?

Strength is the fundamental physical adaptation. Without it, all tasks of life are more difficult. Have you ever noticed people struggling to get out of a chair, people for whom walking is a burden, those who need to use the motorized carts in the stores? In large part most of their problems are caused by a lack of strength! It's a vicious cycle--we spend our lives sitting, and we weaken as we age. We weaken, and activity becomes difficult, so we sit more, which makes us weaker. We slide into old age obese and unable to move! Can this be stopped?

Yes! Strength is not easy to get, but it is simple to get. Lift heavy things, and then, after a few days, lift heavier things. Your body will respond. Everyone who is alive is able to increase strength. Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training teaches five basic lifts: the squat, press, deadlift, bench press, and power clean, and tells you how to do them to increase your strength. I can provide coaching in person. Contact me, and we'll work out the details.

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