The Importance Of Strength Fitness

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If you’re reading this journal, chances are you already have a decent understanding of the far-reaching importance of building strength muscle to promote long term health and increased functionality of the human body. Having muscle development (and training for it in the gym) goes beyond the aesthetic appeal. For health-conscious individuals, it’s an important part of being able to do what you want to do for the long haul, and even has by-products like improved efficiency of fat burning.

With all of this said, it’s worth mentioning that we belong to an industry that’s full of blanket cues. Cues that can keep the complete layperson safe and promote a good overall structure, but cues that can actually do more harm than good for a lifter who’s
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Of course, just as it’s largely variable among people as to just how much of each, it’s also largely variable among individual muscles. Simply put, different people have different muscular composition, and that should go without saying. What’s worth focusing on, however, is the role each of our muscles plays in basic human function. Though research is limited on the topic, it’s safe to assume a generally greater allotment of endurance-geared, slow twitch fibers existing in muscles responsible for standing posture, walking, and other endurance-driven tasks in daily life. When we apply this thinking towards muscles of the back or quads, for example, it makes for a new perspective on the true “boundaries” of hypertrophy …show more content…
Don’t just stick to heavy lifts with high weight. But we can take this a step further. Remember what I said above regarding the distribution of fast and slow twitch muscle fibers depending on the muscle? Let’s apply that to our workouts and zero in on endurance-based training for the muscle groups that would benefit most from them. Horizontal pulling exercises (face pulls, seated rows, bent over rows, inverted rows, single arm dumbbell rows, pullovers, and more) are great ways to target the scapular muscles and those surrounding them, and they have a large impact on upper back development. Knowing their role as postural correctors and scapular stabilizers, it would make sense to target them with higher rep methods, or at least prolonged time under tension per set (as opposed to hammering them for low rep ranges) for most workouts.

Moreover, there’s a reason speedskaters, skiers, cyclists – all groups of athletes that load the quads for minutes at a time in their respective sport – have some of the most coveted quadriceps development. It’s not just because they all have heavy max squats at elite levels. The nature of their sport suggests that their quadriceps respond well to similar protocols of endurance-based training and high time under tension (it’s the same way gymnasts generally tend to exhibit good upper arm development due to the demands of

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