• Nate Johnson

Strength Training Makes You Better At Everything, Just Ask Carly

The next time someone asks you if strength training is for hikers, the answer is absolutely. Today I did approximately 13 miles and I’ve never had the endurance as I have today. You know how when I first started I was super messy with my form? This is the exact form I used in hiking for years and I always hurt myself. But not today! Today I didn’t complain until like mile 11!! Core strength has made a huge difference.  I stuck it out with the men and as Hunter said, I rocked it. Literally.
-Carly Speeg

Dang, that’s awesome. I seriously love this job. I woke up with this e-mail in my inbox Sunday morning.

Imagine if someone offered you a pill that made you better at everything. And yes, I mean everything. What if its only side effects were:

  • increased energy

  • improved sleep

  • increased hotness

  • more likes on Instagram (lol JK, I’m only halfway serious with this one.)

Would you take the pill? Of course you would!

What if I told you Strength Training is that magic pill? Yes, that’s right. Strength Training makes you better at everything. Just ask our client, Carly.

Besides the usual “I want to lose some pant sizes and tone up”, some of the most common goals I hear are to:

  • Get Stronger All Over

  • Improve Core Strength

  • Increase Endurance

Strength Training helps you achieve all of those goals at once.

Strength Training Is the Best Way to Get Stronger All Over

This may seem like a silly point to make, but it’s an important one. It amazes me how many people have this goal but are NOT strength training.

Look, if you want to get better at riding bikes you don’t run laps at the local track. You ride your bike. If you want to be an amazing baseball player, you don’t practice by throwing footballs all day. You throw the dang baseball.

So why aren’t you doing Strength Training if you want to get stronger?

Sure, you might get a LITTLE stronger with running, Zumba, Bodypump, etc. But you won’t get nearly the same results as you will if the #1 focus of your workout is to get stronger.

Strength Training is hands down the fastest and most effective way to get stronger!

Strength Training is the Best Way to Improve Core Strength

What do you think will make you stronger? Squats, deadlifts, and shoulder presses? Or tons of crunches, planks, and sets on the ab wheel?

If you guess crunches and friends, you’re wrong.

Squats, deadlifts, and shoulder presses are the best way to strengthen your core, because it’s impossible to perform these lifts correctly and not fully engage your core. And I’m not just talking about those sexy 6 pack muscles. I’m talking about your deep ab musculature. Your glutes. Your lower, middle, and upper back muscles. They stimulate everything! The same can’t be said of that other ab work.

Now don’t get me wrong. Doing direct some direct ab work is fantastic. But planks, ab wheel, crunches, etc. are best used as a supplement to those big lifts.

I’ll promise you this: if you train with us, when we double your squat and deadlift, you won’t be asking about what core work you should be doing. Your core will already be super strong.

Strength Training Drastically Improves Endurance

This may come as a shock to you. It certainly did to me. But Strength Training is incredibly effective, and is often better than cardio, at improving endurance.

I know you may be scratching your head wondering how that can be the case. Let me try to explain it with numbers. (If you aren’t a numbers person, skip to the next bold line.)

Let’s pretend your helping a friend move in 3 months, and all the boxes weigh 25 pounds.

You want to be physically prepared for the move so you start training. Let’s also pretend your current deadlift max (how much weight you can pull off the ground 1 time) is 75 pounds.

If you did lots and lots of cardio, yes, your endurance would improve. Specficially, you’d be a better runner. But I doubt you’d be much stronger than you were to begin with. You still have the same deadlift max of 100 pounds.

But let’s say you didn’t do any cardio, and instead you started Strength Training. Over 3 months you could easily take your deadlift from 75 to 150 pounds.

Which training program makes the most sense? Strength Training!

If your deadlift max is 75 and the boxes are 25 pounds, picking up one box is 33% of your max strength.

If your deadlift max is 150, picking up one box is just 17% of your max strength.

The Strength Training program just made picking up those boxes way easier thus giving you much more endurance.

For those of you that don’t like numbers, think about Carly’s testimonial from the beginning of the blog. Her legs and core were stronger thus her hiking was much easier this time around. Even through she hadn’t been doing any cardio besides walking.

Basically what I’m saying is not only will Strength Training make you sexy, it’ll make you a more useful human being to those around you. If you want to do yourself, your family, and your community a favor….get strong. Get strong with Strength Training!

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