Types of Strength
Absolute strength is how much you can do. Period.
Relative strength is how much you can do… relative to your body weight. This type of strength is the most “functional” because it doesn’t come with the high cost of heavy bodyweight. This is what most normal people are looking for.
Barbell strength is generally measured by how much weight you can lift with a barbell. This is what most powerlifters are after: big squats, bench presses, and deadlifts.
Bodyweight strength is taxed by decreasing your joint leverage. If I want to move the most weight on a barbell, I want my joints to be in optimal alignment. If I want to do crazy bodyweight stuff, “optimal alignment” means something totally different. There is usually a strong mobility / flexibility component to this as well. High bodyweight strength is highly impressive.
I recently had a distance client of mine ask me:
What is the goal with the regenerate section?
For those who don’t know, this is in reference to my programs, which I break into seven sections based on what we are trying to accomplish. For example, any foam rolling work you do is always first (though I won’t prescribe it for everyone). After that, we do exercises to “reset” your nervous system. After that, you do a more dynamic warm up to prepare your body for training… you get the idea.
This post is not meant to be thorough and exhaustive, but instead to give you some ideas to help spark your own thinking.
Exercise gets more useful (not to mention more interesting) when you turn it into a science experiment.
The easiest way to do that is to get a heart rate monitor.
But there are a ton of heart rate monitors out there. And even if you have one… what are you supposed to do with it?
The process of finding and using a heart rate monitor can be complex, but it’s easier when you break it down step-by-step.
Today we’re going to talk about
- Why you would want to use a heart rate monitor
- Different types of heart rate monitors
- How to use it to measure your body and tweak your training