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Strength is also a skill too.
You can be strong, yet not have the right strength for a given situation.
It is in this knowledge things can become rather frustrating because we all want to progress, to become the best version of ourselves or whatever idealistic tome you wish to follow.
In truth you’ve just got to look at the big picture called life and see what kind of strength YOU will need the majority of the time.
When you’ve established this you can devote the bulk of your training time to that, then save say 20% of that time for other training styles (be those strength, endurance, anaerobic etc) that you enjoy to keep you consistent.
Obviously you can simply choose to train in the way you most enjoy, nothing wrong with that approach so long as you remember it might not be the most productive path for you to live your best life, yet that’s on you.
The next time you get stuck or feel at a loss for training ask yourself these questions –
1 – What strength do I need?
(physical, endurance, cardiovascular etc)
2 – Why do I need this style of training?
(the purpose of it all)
3 – How long & how often will I need to do this for?
(answer this one honestly)
These questions three will help you gain some clarity for your training and allow you to make the most optimal choices.
Is your goal really your own?
A question more people should ask themselves.
How often have you heard of people achieving their goal only to be left feeling unsatisfied or unfulfilled?
You’d be surprised to find out that it’s actually quite common.
There are many people who undergo certain tasks to achieve what they think they want, when in reality they’re achieving what they’ve been told they want.
A very common state of affairs.
Have you ever honestly sat down and thought about why you’re doing what you’re doing?
I’d be surprised if you had, pleasantly surprised.
Knowing the underlying reasons is key to long term success and sustainability.
That said, it’s not something people give much thought to.
Might be worth considering before you set your next goal.
Do you need to squat heavy?
It pains me to say this, however there is technically no need to squat heavy weights…
That said, there is a basic necessity for the squatting movement pattern as it will ensure healthy ankles, knees, hips and loads more.
The squat is a fundamental human movement pattern, you need it, fact.
I am personally bias towards heavy squats, I love them, however they are not for everyone, some people may have injuries that prevent them going heavy, this is fair enough, they can adapt and do things such as goblet or front squats as substitutes, so long as they are performing the movement pattern all is good.
This short post is just to remind you that it’s okay not to squat heavy, you just need to be performing the movement in some way, shape or form to stay healthy.
Here is a simple workout structure for those who need some guidance, you can pick which ever :
W/U – Squatting pattern – Example: Goblet Squat 50 reps
A1 – Hinging movement 15-25 rep goal
B1 – Pressing movement
B2 – Pulling movement 25-50 rep goal for both
C1 – Core movement or Loaded Carry 30 rep goal or Distance for Time (e.g., 10min)
Easy, all you need do for exercise ideas is simply find a list of movements and pick ones that you feel like doing on the day.
Actually, hold on…
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