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What can increased muscular strength do for you?

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Muscular strength is your body’s ability to generate maximum force for a single repetition. So what does this mean to you?

Well, I’m pretty sure you do some kind of work or hobby which requires you to push, pull, or lift some type of object.

If you’ve ever had difficulty performing that job or hobby, then you may be able to benefit from increasing your muscular strength.

Honestly, almost anyone can benefit from increasing his/her strength…

Benefits of increasing your muscular strength:

  • Less effort needed to move certain objects- You have more overall power so you can use less effort to generate certain amounts of power
  • Increased bone and joint strength- The weight/ strength training performed to increase overall strength also strengthens bones and joints, a great side effect!
  • Higher metabolism- Regardless of which type of strength training you do, if you do it properly, then you’ll eventually increase your muscle mass, and this will raise your metabolism.

These benefits alone make it well worth your while to make an effort to increase your overall muscular strength. So how should you go about doing that?

Types of strength training:

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of training programs out there which you can use to increase your overall muscular strenth.

Nevertheless, there are only a couple of types of methods which you can use to increase your strength:

  • 1) Weight training

and

  • 2) Resistance Training

“Okay,” you may be saying. “Now which method is right for me?” Well, I’ve performed both types extensively, and in my personal opinion, there are several factors which determine which route you should take.

What can increased muscular strength do for you?

Things to consider when choosing a type of strength training:

  • Your current training experience- If you are new to the game, then you’ll probably want to try resistance training until you get the hang of it, then move on to weight training as you become more experienced
  • Your current fitness level- Some people, for whatever reason, are just not capable of lifting weights. If you are physically not capable of lifting weights, then resistance training should be your first choice
  • Your desired amount increase in strength-If you’re an athlete or a male, then you’re probably going to want to weight train because nothing increases strength like free weights.

    However, if you’re a female, a senior, or you’re just looking to gain a little extra “umph!” then simple resistance training is cup of tea

If you keep those three factors in mind when choosing the type of strength training which you’d like to perform, then I’m sure you’ll choose the right one.

Regardless of which method you choose, if you workout with high intensity, perform the proper exercises with correct form, and most of all, stay consistent, then you’ll achieve great results with either type.

Personally, I weight train almost exclusively, but I’ve been working out for a long time. However, when I initially started working out back in high school, I began with resistance training; it gave me a good starting platform, and that makes it a lot easier for me to weight train today.

As I stated earlier, there really are 100′s of programs for you to choose from if you’re looking to increase your overall muscular strength. But…

No one really has time to weave through all the good and bad programs on his/ her quest to find the right one. I’m about to save you some serious time…

What to look for in a program:

  • Thoroughness- You want a program which is gonna cover all the bases to make sure that you’re attacking from every angle possible. This helps you to achieve quicker, better results.
  • Easiness to understand-So many programs out there speak so much technical talk that the average person does not even care to understand. Find a program which is gonna speak to you like a person having a normal conversation would. The more you understand directions, the better you can follow them
  • Great exercise descriptions and instructions- I’m such a big advocate of proper form. 6 out of 10 people I see in the gym use incorrect form, and it leaves them open for all kinds of injuries. To make matters worse, they achieve minimal results for all their misdirected efforts. Learn proper form first, then work on increasing strength
  • Sound science behind its principals- You don’t have any time to waste, so you want to make sure that what you’re doing has been proven to achieve reasonable results

Those are the basics of choosing a good muscular strength enhancing program.Remember those keys, and you should be well on your way to finding a program that will give you great results!

Looking ahead

Alright, I think that about covers muscular strength.

Remember, nothing takes the place of sheer hard work. However, training smarter while training harder is the ultimate way to increase your muscular strength, and create a fitter, healthier you!

Good luck!