What is strength training? What is strength training?

Hello and welcome it’s Christian and today I want to talk with you about, what is strength

training, the derivation of strength training, a definition of strength training and practical

application of strength training, so let’s get started So what is strength training?

I think we need to understand the theory behind it before we get into the interesting stuff.

Even though I consider myself a practitioner I strongly believe we need to understand the

why, before we get into the details so a big shout out here to Simon Sinek and his book

Start with Why. So it’s a good read for everyone who wants to understand how we humans

work, it’s not about training it’s about understanding our why before we do other things.

But let’s not get off track so, what is strength training and the theory behind it?

So somewhere in 1600, 1700 Sir Isaac Newton sat in his garden and an apple fell onto his

head he was thinking about the universe and the apple fell onto his head and suddenly

he had an epiphany telling him there is such a thing called gravity. From there he derived

his second law of motion, the second law of motion says acceleration is produced when

a force acts on to a mass, the greater the mass, the greater the amount of force needed

so therefore we know the formula is force equals mass multiplied by acceleration. Which

becomes important later when we talk about training so, force is not only about the mass

we lift. It’s also the amount of acceleration we can produce onto that object. So a quick

recap force is the product of mass and acceleration, the heavier an object is the more force we

need to produce to move that object for the same distance as a lighter object. And this

brings us to the next formula that is important to understand and it’s basically that force

multiplied by distance is work. Sounds a bit complicated but it is not, so what that basically

tells us is that if we look later at practical things such as the depth in the squat for

example is important because we apply the same amount of force over a larger or lesser

distance. So whether we do a back squat, front squat, overhead squat whatever kind of single leg squat. If we use the same weight and we go lower

we do more work than if we do the same weight and we go less deep. So that’s the next thing,

recap force equals mass multiplied by acceleration and work is force multiplied by distance,

so let’s get into the practical stuff. That was enough Physics, it’s important to understand

but again I’m a practitioner and I want to get into the practical stuff as soon as we

can. Let’s start with the definition of strength, strength can be defined as the ability

to produce force in order to overcome resistance. So we had that before, force equals mass multiplied

by acceleration so everything where we exert force in order to overcome resistance can

be called strength. Now what is strength training? We need to train that ability to overcome

resistance and that can be in multiple ways, we can use free weights such as dumbbells,

barbells, kettlebells to a certain extent. We can use our own body weight, we can use

machines, we can use bands the resistant bands, we can also use chains I think we have some

chains here in the background and I’ll show that in another video. So it’s important

to keep in mind strength training does not equal any kind of mode we are using whether

its free weight or body weight or anything, strength training is the ability to overcome

resistance to produce force in order to overcome resistance. So that’s it for today and I’ll

see you in the next video when we go a little bit deeper into the practical application

of strength training, thanks guys.

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