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.