When we’re getting stronger, we can feel it. We can feel it after each session - we look better, and we feel better.
So why does getting strong seem like rocket science to so many of us?
The truth is that there are simple things you can do to get stronger. You don’t have to get all complicated, and you don’t have to follow a routine that would make even Sly Stallone wince.
Join Beast Gear as we take a look at a few simple ways to get strong.
A core maxim in weight training is that if you want to get stronger, you need to lift heavy.
You don’t need to test your 1RM all the time. In fact, you can just operate between, say, 75 and 85% of your 1RM. Aim for around 15 reps in different rep ranges and you should notice big changes over time.
Some kick-start their training with some body weight dips. Then, they try to go heavier with the bigger lifts. It’s hard, though. Why? Well, you’re not as fresh.
The best thing to do is to start your session with your big lifts. Don’t be too excessive with your warm up either. You need to be as fresh and invigorated as possible when lifting your beasts.
Focus on the Key Moves
If you’ve ever talked to a power lifter, they’ll tell you that they perform deadlifts, bench presses and back squats.
I’d also suggest you toss in some overhead pressing, too.
In fact, an overhead press is great for building up your shoulder strength.
Don’t forget to add some chin-ups for a bit of balance.
You can do some crunches in order to get a washboard stomach. But you need to train your grip and core strength together via a heavy dumbbell.
All you need to do is grab yourself a heavy dumbbell (I recommend 80 pounds) and work away. It’s simple. You will improve your grip strength and your obliques.
If your technique is out of whack, you won’t get as strong as you could have done.
Problem is, many Average Joe’s don’t even stop to think about technique - but they should.
Get someone to assist you with this. Either hire a personal trainer or partner up with someone. By improving your technique, your nervous system will get better at getting your muscles to do their job.
Your body needs to adapt, which is why it’s really important that you add weight to the bar at each training session.
No, you don’t need to go crazy and add an extra 35-pounds. But you do need to make small, incremental adjustments each time.
You know what Strongmen do? They flip tractor tires. They carry sandbags and heavy suitcases. They do strongman shit all the time. That’s what you need to do.