There are two common reasons why people begin an exercise program:
- To look better (fat loss)
- To improve their overall function (strength building)
In a previous article, we covered what needs to be done to get the “six pack”, so in this post I’ll talk about building strength – what it is, how to get it, and what to do with it.
Strength in and of itself doesn’t mean a lot. It can mean a lot of different things to various people. The question then is what are you building strength for? How much strength do you need to accomplish what you want and need in your daily life? And what are the most effective and efficient ways to build that level of strength?
Below, we’ll explain the four kinds of strength and three rules for building them, along with links to resources to help you do it.
Not All Strength is the Same – the 4 Types of Strength
Strength can be split into several different forms, and the type of strength training you will want to do depends on what kind of strength best suits your needs.
We all have our own preferences and goals, and none of the types of strength described here is superior to the others. And it’s not like working on one means you are excluding all the others, just that for any program one will be emphasized more than the others to make the most efficient gains.
You certainly don’t need to pick just one type of strength to work on forever. I recommend prioritizing a program for a period of time and cycling different training regimens throughout your year.
In this post I describe four kinds of strength:
- Absolute Strength
- Relative Strength
- Power (AKA Speed Strength)
- Strength Endurance
Below, I’ll explain what each of these types of strength are, and what they’ll mean to you.