Strength training is a powerful tool. I'm brave enough to say that strength training is the most powerful tool every human has in his arsenal. I, obviously, love strength training and everything that is connected to it. It has tons of applications. Want to get strong? Try strength training. Want to build muscle? Try strength training, kid. Want to get ripped? Have you heard about strength training? Strength is the key to everything as we discussed in this interview. You need strength. You are nothing without it. And you are everything if you have strength.
Strength training teaches you many things. For example, how to get good (and eventually great) at something. Let's take Dave Tate's "Shit-Suck-Good-Great" scheme as an example. At first, you are "Shit". It doesn't matter what you deal with: training or business, or drawing, or playing musical instrument etc. At first you're not even "Suck", you are "Shit". You can't press an empty bar or squat with it. You can't pull-up. It's the breaking point. You either push through it, or quit it (of course, with some lame excuse like "well, it's not mine" or "I have no talent"). If you did right thing and pushed through it you get to "Suck" stage. You're not "Shit" anymore but not "Good" either. Some people stay on this level with thought that they just "keep themselves in shape". But we all know (and they know it too) that they are just weak little pussies that are afraid to make a step further. You know who I'm talking about. I-don't-want-to-lift-heavy and I-don't-want-to-bulk-up guys and girls. Or you-don't-need-strength type of trainees that look and perform like crap. Also you can put in this category all those pseudo-gurus and it's-all-about-supplements gym rats. They can spend countless hours arguing what exercise activates lower pecs and rear delts more than actually training. That is why they suck. If you did everything right you get to "Good" stage. You've got decent levels of strength and mastery. All the "Suck" dudes are jealous and crying in their pillows all nights long praying to get to your level. And here's another breaking point. You need to decide whether you want to achieve "Great" so bad that you will make necessary sacrifices or not. You have no guarantees that you'll reach it. And once you achive "Great" there's always room for improvement. What this example tells us? Strength training teaches us how to conquer our goals progressively. From "Shit" to "Great".
Strength training teaches us to embrace patience. It teaches us that you need to sacrifice to get something valuable. It teaches us respect and humbleness. But that's not the main benefit of strength training.
So What's the Main Benefit of Strength Training?
Confidence? Yes, but that's also not the main one, in my opinion. The main benefit of strength training is incredible mental strength to overcome difficulties. You will rarely find an article on this theme on the Internet. Why? Because all that matters to people today is the look. Everybody wants to be big or ripped or both. Nobody cares about strength. And even less people care about mental strength. And that's wrong. Just imagine what the world looked like if there were lots of mentally strong people out there. I think it would be definitely better. What we have now? People that are afraid to make decisions, parents that abandon their children, men that beat women, women that act like whores, everybody finds relaxation and and eventually meaning of life in alcohol and drugs. That's all from mental weakness. Nobody is insured from bad things. They will happen. And strength training builds qualities that help to overcome those bad things. That is the main benefit of strength training. That's it. Use strength training to get incredibly strong. And not only outside but also inside. Thanks for reading. Share with friends.