“Strength” and more specifically, “strength training” can take on different meanings for different people. Over 15 years ago many trainers were primarily using machines to build strength, focusing on individual muscle. Most clients working with these often misguided trainers, focused on building beach muscles or burning fat. Injury prevention, functional strength, and sports specific training were almost unheard of in those days.
Specific tools like medicine balls, bodyweight, and kettlebells were considered less effective, old fashioned methods to use if someone was not fortunate to have access to machine systems, like Nautilus. In recent years however, there has been an explosion of information from fitness experts, gym trainers and competitors on the benefits of “old school” strength training, and there has been an influx in acceptance and education on these methods. It seems now everyone is strength training or doing some form of resistance training. Magazines regularly publish articles on strength training, functional strength, and mobility for all populations.
The benefits are abundant, the information plentiful, but the misconceptions are widespread.
The problem is that many trainers do not know the fundamental principles of breathing, muscle tension, program design, proper technique or how to progress someone to truly develop their potential strength, so they do not ever get to appreciate the true benefits of being strong in a functional way.
Numerous studies have proven the benefits of strength training and how this translates into measurable health effects including: increased bone density, lower blood pressure, and decreased stress. Strength training for women has also taken off, and for good reason. Women respond just as well to strength training or even better than men in many cases.
At Empowered Strength we believe that the best tools to build your strength and health include kettlebells, your own bodyweight, and a carefully selected mix of other strength training practices that will maximize your results.