I wholeheartedly believe that every man and woman should at least once in their lifetime be allowed to see how strong he or she can become, too see what their body is capable of accomplishing.
Strength is a beautiful thing. The ability to move weight that’s 3 times, 4 times heavier than you are is the sight of hard work, perseverance, and determination. Which are all amazing qualities to have.
Strength training teaches you these attributes. Becoming strong teaches you to be a better person. PERIOD.
The strength that’s developed in the gym also translates to everyday life, and if you don’t become dogmatic towards strictly strength training, you can develop a body that’s capable of not just strength but also endurance, flexibility, and total control.
Of course this takes time, but the most valuable things in life are hard earned and deserve the patience necessary to accomplish them.
Unfortunately most people trying to get stronger don’t view it that way.
What I mean by this is that when it comes to strength training, people’s only concern is to add plate after plate onto the bar without earning the right to do so.
And by the right I mean executing the exercise with perfect form before upping the weight.
The main problem here lies with the impatience of society. Everyone wants things NOW but that’s not the way the universe works.
The issue is that by adding weight to the bar without allowing your bones, tendons, ligaments, and joints to develop the structural integrity and strength necessary to lift the load, you’re actually causing more harm than good. Your muscles become stronger but your joints don’t. Eventually something will give out and you’ll be regretting it for the rest of your life.
That’s the second lesson to learn.
If you want to be strong, which you should, then be prepared to learn patience. Slowly but surly is the way to go. Work for it and earn the right to lift the weight that your mind is set on.
But really, what’s hard work without a little bit of reward along the way to those big numbers.
There are a ton of benefits that accompany strength training, these include; increased energy levels, reduced risk of osteoporosis and the signs and symptoms of numerous chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes. Getting stronger doesn’t just keep bad ailments away, it improves sleep and reduces depression, while obviously increasing physical strength, and also mental strength. (1)
Come on! It takes a crazy person to throw heavy ass iron over their heads.
You can also develop better posture if the programming is done correctly. Which will eliminate any joint pain and of course help you become less prone to injury. Remember when you get stronger your whole body becomes stronger, not just your muscles but also your bones, joints, immune system, cardiovascular system, neurological system, and even your endocrine system, which for the guys means more testosterone and a higher sex drive.
Now the physical advancements that you’re making on your body are nice and all but they don’t compare to the advancements that happen in your everyday life. When you become stronger your whole body changes, and when your whole body changes your self confidence and self love increases ten fold.
And when this happens you become a much happier person, which translates to receiving that happiness and love back. In which ever way the universe deems it fit.
It can be a new relationship, a new job, or accomplishing a new goal. Whatever it is you’ve been trying to accomplish, increasing your self confidence and self love will get you there.
Nothing’s says “I love myself” more then taking care of your body and mind.
Strength training and becoming physically stronger is a part of that equation.
Below I wrote out a 4 week program you can start following today in order to become physically and mentally stronger. Even though it’s a 4 week program I recommend taking a deload week following the last week of the program.