Louie Simmons is probably noted by any strength athlete as the coach of all coaches. He’s the man behind one of the greatest training principles of all time. To the grey man in the street, that may not mean much, but something he said has always resonated with me. “Big aint strong, strong is strong”
I may not have “limit strength” in other words you not going to call me to lift a car off your crushing bones, as the biggest guy in the room is more likely to move more weight than I am (obviously).
I do however have a fair amount of “relative strength” power to weight ratio, I like to consider myself fairly capable. Whether you are an athlete of strength, play a sport, run, cycle or you just enjoy a good pounding in the gym strength is an essential requirement.
Hell, why be weak if you can be strong? A strong body will save your life and I personally believe that there is absolutely no reason what so ever to not be strong, or stronger.
You don’t need to be a powerlifter, you don’t need to outlift anyone.
Just be capable of moving around your own furniture.
Building a body that can support the most important element of your body your spine.
Build good posture
Carry without having to call a neighbor
Be f*^king independent
So how did I get “relative strength”?
We all pushing hard in the gym, training day in and day out, putting in the hours, feeling the grind, going the whole nine yards. What did I do differently?
Let me give you some of my personal tips:
1) Have patience, I cannot stress this enough. Powerlifters, when it comes to competitive strength, this sport is a marathon not a sprint. Stop focusing on that next one rep max, stop focusing on what your competition is doing. Focus on the rep and weight in your hand in that moment. That goes for everyone trying to get stronger. Do the here and now.
2) Stop grinding the weight, focus on perfection, if rep 8 doesn’t look like rep 1, if its much slower, harder and uglier, drop the weight. You don’t get strong in the grind. Leave your ego at the door.
3) Focus on technical proficiency, engage the right muscle groups, move the weight better
4) Precision over speed, every time, all the time.
5) Listen to your coach, your trainer, your instructor. You pay them to teach you, have faith in their systems.
6) Be consistent, stick to the plan. I see far too many athletes, and everyday fitness fanatics seeking the next best thing. Any program will get you stronger if you stick to it. It doesn’t need to be the best, it doesn’t need to be the most complicated, just stick to it for longer than 5 minutes, 3 weeks or 3 months. Remember, marathons.
7) Follow a program, any program. Dont be thumb sucking
movements. Speak to someone who can guide you and put a plan together. Victory loves preparation.
8) The devil is in the details, pay attention to the little things this is where you get strong. You can rep out 80% of your max all you want, if you not focusing on technical efficiency, the carry over will be far far less. Those knees keep caving in when you squat, so will your numbers cave. Again, precision over speed.
strength is a skill that must be practiced