I'm not the strongest person around by far and that's ok. I used to chase numbers in the gym and try to max out the weights as often as possible but I tend to be more concerned with functional strength. In other words, being strong enough to do the things I need and want to do.
We all know the benefits that come from strength training (improved mood, confidence, better sleep, injury prevention, increased bone density, improved metabolism, etc.) but how great is it when you can see your strength and fitness at work in your daily life?
What types of things do I need to do? Whatever comes up really.
In the past week I've had to do a few things that required a decent amount of strength. Last week, I went to Costco to get a large, industrial shelf. The box weighed 150+ pounds and it was quite a task getting it onto a cart, navigating it through the store, then loading it into my car. I kept thinking how some people would have a hard time doing this. Not a minute later I saw 2 guys struggling with the same shelf trying to get it into the back of a pickup truck. I was happy to help. I'm glad I'm strong.
A few days later I sold an old non-working motorcycle. The guys that came to pick it up had a small truck so we disassembled a few parts (front end, gas tank) so that it would fit. What was left together, frame, engine, back end, etc. had to be lifted into the truck. Doing most of the heavy lifting wasn't easy with such a large, awkward object, but I got it done. I'm glad I'm strong.
Little things come up all time that require some sort of base strength, i.e. moving furniture, carrying groceries, picking up your children, opening jars. Will you be strong enough for anything that comes your way? Not completely, but starting a strength program and sticking with it will make every task you complete even easier.
Not sure where to start? Talk to a trainer about how to get started with a routine. A balanced program like CrossFit will include lots of strength work to make your everyday tasks that much easier. Contact us below and we'll help start you on your path to lifting motorcycles and heavy shelving units.
"Squat, jump, climb, throw, lift." Greg Glassman