Muscular Strength can be broken down to three key concepts - The Importance of Progression, The Repetition and Intensity & Time. These elements include:
The Importance of Progression
The most important component of successful training is an unremitting desire to progress. Athletes and coaches sometimes become frustrated by lack of gains "their program" delivers. This leads to a search for magical solutions, food supplements, exercises and equipment. The "program" will be changed, perhaps changing exercises, set, reps, percentages or speed of movement. After another period of unsatisfactory results, new gurus will be consulted and the program will change again. All the while, the answer to their problem is too simple to be seen. More on the Importance of Progression
Perhaps the hardest idea for most athletes to come to grips with is how simple exercise really is. Conflicting information, both commercial and personal, leaves athletes confused. The fact is results can come from any type of progressive exercise, which is good because it allows for differences in a coach's abilities and situations to produce at least some results. However, the potential to train people in different ways has athletes swimming through a sea of information based on anecdotal evidence, past experience, "research" publications, and the current program at the "Big Time U". More on Repetition
Intensity & Time
The one thing that separates strength training exercises from other types of exercise, such as running or biking, is that it is much harder to do. The dramatic changes that occur in the body because of lifting weights are due to the intense nature of the exercise. There is simply no other way of working the muscles as hard with any other type of training. More on Intensity & Time
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