I am a firm believer, without a doubt in my mind that the most important thing anyone and everyone can and should work on primarily is strength. You can never go wrong with being stronger. This is not to say that strength training is the only thing you should train. There are way too many trainers out there that work on strength only and never deal with any other fitness factors.
Being strong has a negative connotation with some people, and I really don’t know why. While I get the stereotype that some people have about equating being strong as the same as being a “big, strong, juice head,” people need to realize that they are just not the same thing. Sure, you can be hugeand strong at the same time, but the two are not necessarily the same.
The 82-Year-Old Client
A few years back, I trained
We worked with light, moderate, and heavy weights, and ranged our reps from high to low depending on what day and where we are in the training cycle. The coolest thing was, that I was continually pushing her limits (safely) by increasing the resistance. She responded to this very well. How? She got stronger.
Because of her strength training she lived a better life, had more energy, experienced less pain, and her work life was easier than ever. He overall function was better than it had been in 25 years. If you were to ask me what this client’s major training parameter was I would tell you strength.
Don’t be afraid to get stronger. It wont hurt you, in fact it will only help. I train all of my clients to get
stronger. I don’t ignore other training factors, however, strength is the key aspect that I wrap my programs around. I see less injuries, less pain, better overall performance and better looking bodies because of this.
Whether you are male or female, if your reps are still in the twenties, and your weights never seem to go up, you better start to work on getting stronger. You can never go wrong with being strong. Change your program and work on your strength.
If you don’t know how to get strong, or you are not comfortable figuring it out on your own, you can hire a trainer…just make sure he/she shares the “strength” philosophy..many trainers out there don't “get it” either.