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The Missing Link To Strength Training

Feb 18, 2008
Strength training is more about following certain guidelines than the exact training method that you use. For example, it is not required that you have to lift weights to increase your strength or your body composition. In fact, some of the best ways to strengthen your muscles is by lifting your own body weight, such as doing pull-ups and chin-ups.

The reason for this is because the key to strength training is muscular tension. Your body only understands the amount of muscle tension you're experiencing, and not how you go about creating that muscle tension. As long as it's within your body's ability to handle the muscle tension, the higher the tension you create, the greater the stimulation of the muscle.

The body won't become stronger unless it has a reason to. This means that to grow your strength, you must exceed your current ability. To do this, you usually increase the weight or reps. Unfortunately, this causes your muscle joints to become stressed, your nervous system and immune system to weaken and even causes mental stress because you're constantly trying to reach a new goal.

Actually, there are alternative ways to exceed your current ability without the potential for negative side effects that you get by simply increasing your weight and reps. The missing link seems to be in strengthening your nervous system. By having a tough nervous system, your body will more easily able to exceed its current ability.

The way to improve your nervous system is simply doing push-ups, chin-ups, sprinting and other three-dimensional exercises. For example, let's look at gymnasts. Very rarely do they do isolation exercises to develop their bicep and tricep muscles. However, when you compare the strength of their arms with some of the strongest body builders in the world, you will find a gymnast often has more strength, pound for pound.

It's important to remember that if you try to increase your strength only by doing extra reps and increasing the amount of weight lifted without developing a strong nervous system, it will cause your body to become fatigued quicker and even make you more susceptible to sickness.

Finally, it is said that you cannot manage what you do not measure. This means that you should measure much more than simply the weights and reps you are doing. Measure when you make your biggest gains -- is it in the morning, the afternoon or later in the evening? Also, observe how your diet affects your strength training. By tracking different factors and isolating them, you can find out what best helps you make your improvements, so you can focus on those aspects.

Besides, the body has the ability to quickly adapt to specific types of training. In other words, if you continue to do the same thing over and over again, you will find diminished results. Make sure to mix up your strength training program to include exercises that are specifically designed to boost your nervous system. These tips will go a long way in helping with your strength training regimen.
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