Training for Strength performance is the BEST method for results in the gym.
Being strong is impressive. It builds a huge fitness base, improving everything from speed and power to your ability to perform fat blasting high intensity exercise with greater weight and intensity.
Besides making you a bad-ass, building strength is imperative to long-term health and maintaining function as you age. So, unless you want to be hobbling around like peg-legged pirate by the time you’re 45 building herculean strength is damn important.
My Top 5 Tips to Build Herculean Strength Are:
1.) Pick basic, compound movements like squats, pull-ups, deadlifts, and presses.
2.) Start with weights that are too light and progress over time.
3.) Deload every four to six weeks. Recovery is vital to long-term health and results.
4.) Get high quality coaching to ensure proper form and ideal loading.
5.) Persevere. Building long-term strength takes years of hard work and dedication.
Instead of having all the fun I decided to reach out and engage the Bach Performance Communities of Facebook and Google+. Here’s what the crew game up with.
1.) Nick Buchan– Stick to the basics of squat, deadlift, bench, pull up etc, do them well and do them regularly. www.strongergolf.org
2.) Juciest L -Lifting every week and actually doing something while your there.
3.) Jason’s Journal– Find a way to train that you can truly believe in to be able to work hard and as consistent as possible for a very very long time.
4.)Matthew Marshall– Don’t jump around and switch up too much, variety is the spice of life but if you train something consistently chances are it’s going to get stronger.
5.)illy Fanska -Lift heavy…
David Moya -Be consistent
7.)Joseph Armenta- Don’t worry about 1rm move weight when it gets easy add more
8.)James R Anderson -Put more weight on the bar.
9.)Steve Denison -Have a written training plan and stick to it. Lots of good strength templates out there. Just find one and use it for a complete training cycle of 8-12 weeks. Applying yourself to any of them you will make gains. Then evaluate your progress at the end.
10.) James Fuller- Dont be afraid of the weight or an attempt.
11.)Charlie Martin-I think Steve has the key points right on. I would also include this: In addition to building strength never stop investigating the fine points of proper technique.
Ben Gallaher -Work hard. www.goldenempiretraining.com
13.)Zack McDole- Attack your weaknesses and make progress without going to fast to avoid hitting a wall
Nathan Chaszeyka -Consistency. It doesn’t matter how good your plan is, or how hard you work if you aren’t consistent with it.
15.)Dylan Poesch -Add weight to the bar
16.)Chris Leavy- Pilates
. JK, Be consistent and show up to do the work.
Matt Dustin -Track your progress, don’t guess and improvise as you go.
18.)Mike Marino -Don’t overtrain! Allow your body adequate time to repair and recover! Sleep and Rest between bouts is vital to strength gains! That’s more than one sentence but it’s such a common mistake…. More training volume isn’t always best….. Smart training with focus on recover outside the gym is crucial
Joel Erickson-Something Johnny Ibar told me once – stress the negatives
Wade Carter- show up…
21.)Kedric Kwan-Focusing on your weakness. Most people don’t necessarily need to train their core but if your core is limiting your squat and deadlifts you need to train them. Same thing with the bench, and all the other lifts. Know your weakness and make them strong. site: http://kedrickwan.com
Greg Ohnoez- Consistency with your workouts with due intensity (just showing up doesn’t count)
Abbie Fratzke- Find a coach or mentor (in the gym or online) and learn as much as you can, experiment, play and try new things; never stop learning or experimenting. Absolutely Strong
Daniel Freedman-Okay, you’ll see the badass cliches below.
Weakness is a Choice.
Saw it on the back of a T-shirt. So it must be true.
Daniel Freedman-Don’t be a pussy.
Dave Dreas-Push the Weight!
27.)Daniel Freedman-Pain is weakness leaving the body.
29.) Daniel Freedman-No one ever drowned in sweat.
Patrick Umphrey-Use an appropriate training program that is designed to increase your strength through progressive loading.
Mike Campbell-Consistency, patience, intensity and simplicity. One sentence, 4 things.. http://unleashyouralpha.com/
Lara Lazaro-Strength, like all other worthwhile gainzzz in life, is born through cultivation; accept the process of getting stronger as just that, a process, that takes time, consistency, proper progression, and patience.
www.laralazaro.com and/or Be Strong Savvy Sexy
Alison Wheatley-Grit your teeth, dig in ensure your form is correct and believe in yourself to make progress.
Photo Credit: http://www.thesimplesongbird.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/bw-lifter.jpg
34.)Jimi Lanham-Get adequate rest.
35.) Marc-Jason Locquiao-Lift heavy, lift often. Redline Conditioning
Amy Rubin Yunger-Warm- Up
37.)Vincent Allen-Never skip a Monday workout and focus on compound movements.
Genia Cheresh-Progressive overload, with built in deloads for advanced trainees.
39.) Josh Gibson-Have your plan worked out and work your plan. www.facebook.com/gibsonperformancetraining
40.)Tony Bonvechio-There are more ways to set PRs than just weight or reps, including (but not limited to) bar speed, improved form, reduced rating of perceived exertion and tougher tempo/increased time under tension. http://bonvecstrength.com/
41.)James Cerbie-At the end of the day, you have to lift heavy to get strong. http://rebel-performance.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/rebelperf
Sam Topping-High Intensity of effort
43.)The Bodyweight Files Use as advanced-BW strength training as possible for maximizing strength-to-BW ratio.
Photo Credit http://undergroundstrengthmanual.com/images/arnold-squats.jpg
44.Kelly Clay– Squats, lunges, dead lifts are money!
45.)Nick Mckim- Stick to some sort of a program (obviously with a strength focus) and be consistent, it will pay off!
Joel McGrath-In my opinion i would have to say high intensity intervals is the best way i have gained strength the fastest
Nghi Tran combination of hypertrophy and strength workout routine sets. to build strength, I focus to deadlift, squat, and bench press. then do total body routine as well for muscles
48.)Jonathan Lautermilch-I’ll take you up on this. My number one tip for strength gain is to increase your strength of managing your own body weight before looking to add more weight to manage. If you can’t handle doing a push up why look to want to bench your body weight or more? Just my opinion. my site is www.thinkyourself2health.com
There you go, there is no excuse to walk through life weak! Building strength is the most important thing you can do in the gym.
P.S. Shout out to my dude Mike Samuels of Healthylivinghealthyeating.com, I kind of completely borrowed this idea from him.
Have something to add? Drop me a comment and I’ll add you to the list!
Strong. Shredded. Athletic.