Question: "Why Become Strong?"
Christian Agudelo, ACSM - CPT
The real question should be why not become strong? Many people most commonly women are sometimes afraid of the words strength and strong. They sometimes associate strength with severe muscle gain and the word “bulk” becomes part of their vocabulary. Men also share similar reservations when we talk about becoming stronger. Some feel they don’t have the body type or are intimidated by the increase in weights. These are all common reactions when we start talking about becoming stronger and improving your strength. However, being strong has a completely different meaning and in the end it is something we should all strive for no matter who we are.
Being strong is just as important as being cardiovascular fit. When we talk about strength we don’t always need to associate it with how much weight you can lift in the gym. Being strong simply means I can get up out of bed without assistance or having to roll over first to stand. Being strong means I can pick up that suitcase at the airport terminal without asking someone or straining myself. Being strong means I can pick up and put away those groceries and I can move simple furniture around the house. Being strong simply means are you able to do daily activity that require some use of strength with ease. All these activities require you to be strong and yes it does correlate to being fit and strength training.
When we talk about a strength program we don’t need to associate it with extreme muscle gain or “bulking” as many people refer to it. A simple and traditional strength program will give you the foundation and confidence to do things you never thought possible. Remember unless you are a fitness competitor or power lifter, building strength in the gym isn’t just about how much weight you can lift over time or how much can you max out on certain exercises. It is more about becoming strong overall in all parts of your body to allow you to do whatever activity requires you to be strong. It could be as simple as getting out of the car each day to being able to carry the Christmas tree inside your house. Whatever your goals are, becoming strong should always be a top priority. As we age we start to lose our strength naturally and if we don’t address it sooner than later, you’ll be having someone open your jar of pickles for the rest of your life.
Earvin Bahena, NSCA - CSCS
“Having or marked by great physical power” the definition of the word strong by the dictionary. To what extent this means is defined differently by each person. Regardless of how they define strong, everyone should agree that is it important that we all become strong. Strong for an elderly person could mean having the ability to get out of bed every morning and do their daily activity. For this person it is important to be strong so they can live their life and not be restricted. Strong for someone working a desk job is being able to hold a correct posture for 8 hours day while they work. Both of these examples need to be strong for a certain reason and yes it includes the need to strength train in order to achieve this. Strong isn’t only about things you can physically do but also how you feel. As you continue to get strong you’ll feel a sense of confidence that comes with it. You’ll enjoy doing things you once couldn’t before and feel great about it.