Big strength doesn’t mean you have to be a monster able to carry handle implanted buckets of concrete in a strongman contest. It means developing the big strength you need to accomplish what you want to do. Whatever your fitness goals require as far as strength, you have to workout to accomplish it.
That means picking up and moving things that are heavy for you. Whether you are a man or woman the reality is you have to lift, pull and push against things that resist enough for you to develop deep muscular strength.
This type article gives most people a mental picture of power lifters.
Power lifting moves are especially important to develop leg, back and arm strength in a systematic way. What it doesn’t do is provide the dynamics of real life movements in many athletic activities.
Use power lifts to develop strength.
Then be creative to develop that strength with moves that mimic what you will actually do in your competition, hobby, life pursuit or other fitness goal.
If your goal is to enter an IronMan/Woman contest a well rounded course of weight lifting, dynamic resistance training and endurance work is necessary. Being creative is necessary to keep progressing according to how far you want to take it.
An example of dynamic moves are these showing what Jacquilyn and I do in the woods and by the river.
Putting our strength to a test in environments that require balance adds dynamics that can’t be duplicated in the gym or at home.
For me it provides an overall test of real strength. For Jacquilyn it will do the same plus add the balance dynamics she needs to progress in martial arts.
So the question comes once again. What do you want to do?
How much and what type strength will it take? Adding basic strength exercises, squats, deadlifts, bench presses to your exercise will be beneficial at whatever level you use them.
But if you are going to enter a triathlon those exercises plus added ones that mimic every movement you will make are necessary in practice. That applies to any physical activity no matter how simple or complicated it may be.
While many athletic pursuits may be complicated, the solution to doing well is pretty simple to develop the big strength that both men and women need.
The simple solution for functional athletic strength:
1. Practice basic strength exercises with weights.
2. Practice creative strength exercises that mimic your athletic goals.
3. Practice interweaving endurance work with those strength exercises.
4. Practice eating what is needed to fuel whatever you do at whatever level you do it.
Those four factors are generally used to develop strength and endurance in every athlete that needs strength and/or endurance for their success.
While those fitness factors can become pretty involved based on what they are used for, they are at least easy to remember and stay focused on.
Big strength refers to much more than being able to lift something. It refers to your ability to both develop strength and put it to use in practical ways to achieve your fitness goals.