Are you new to training and interested in getting fit and strong? Have you been training for some time and still have an “arms day” in your routine? Unless you are a body builder you should have an "arms day", or a "leg day". What will be next, a “nose day?” In Strength Training, we either have a Training day or a Rest day. Nothing else!
Whether you are 20 years old and getting ready for the next football season or 55 years old thinking you still want to still be able to get out of a car when you’re 70, you need to practice barbell training. Functional training won’t do it and walking 5 miles every day won't either. Strength training is the only way that you will retain (and increase) those important muscle fibers, which will make you better physically and mentally. A strong body will always be better than a weak body, whether you are a school teacher or an older individual enjoying retirement. Given the same skills, a strong police officer will always perform better than a weak police officer.
Given the same fighting skills; a strong warrior will always defeat a weaker warrior.
On this website I briefly talk about the BARBELL as being the most efficient way to deliver a positive stress to encourage strength gains. I also mention the BIG FOUR MOVEMENTS, (The Squat, The Deadlift, The Bench Press and the Press) as the best MOVEMENTS (notice I don’t call them exercises, they are MOVEMENTS, which in turn call into action muscles, tendons, ligaments etc.). They stress the axial skeleton, the appendicular skeleton, strengthen bones and bone density minerality, increase metabolism. I could go on but I don’t want to make this too long, so I won’t.
So now we have the “delivery system”, (the Barbell), and the “medicine” (The Movements). A Barbell can be found in most commercial gyms, along with the weights. The movements you can easily study for hours on end on YouTube and read books to try to teach yourself (it doesn’t mean you will achieve good form, but you’ll certainly get a basic understanding).
What is still required in order for you to start Strength Training? A PROGRAM! The art of Programming is the most difficult of all aspects of Strength Training. This is the reason why you need your doctor to not only to prescribe the medicine, but to tell you how much to take and when to take it! This is exactly what a qualified Strength coach will do. He ensures good form and makes sure that the programming is tailored to your individual needs and abilities.
Programming is a never-ending learning curve, which can only be tailored to the needs of the individual, (forget ads in lay magazines on how to add 2 inches on your arms in 6 weeks. If you believe that then you have the brainpower of a hedgehog).
How often should I be squatting, (or deadlifting) per week? How many sets? How many reps? How much time between sets? What should I eat before, during and after training? These are all extremely important variables that will make a huge impact on you being successful in Strength Training or not.
Is there really a “feeding window” after I train? And if so, how long does it last and what should I eat to maximize the efforts I just put into training or to get ready for my next training day?
All these variables need to be taken into consideration and only a properly trained Strength Coach can do that. A Strength Coach is not a cost, it is an investment in your future. How important is that upcoming football season? How important is being able to get out of a car when you turn 70? (or 90)?
If you’re not well educated in proper Strength Training, do yourself a favor by getting yourself a coach. Whether it’s with Primordial Strength or elsewhere, invest in yourself by investing in a Coach, you won’t regret the investment.