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The Many Different Kinds Of “Strength”

27 April 2010 No Comment

strongIf I were to ask you right now what do you think “strength” is, what would you tell me?  Quickly now…..  Ok.  I’m pretty sure you would probably give me an answer like “Well, strength is how much weight you can lift.  For example, if you can bench press 400 pounds then you’ve got a lot of strength, but if you can only lift 200 pounds you don’t”, or something along those lines.  Well, I’d tell you that you are both right and wrong.  See, there is more than one kind of strength, not just how much weight you can lift one time.

You also have strength density, which is how many sets, reps, and for how long during a training session you can lift a particular weight (some may also refer to this as strength endurance).  In addition, you’ve got power, which is how quickly or how fast you can lift a particular weight, like what you see in Olympic lifting.  Also, you’ve got what I like to call power endurance, which is being able to lift and move heavy weights while in a state of oxygen debt, like what you see in Strongest Man competitions.

One such workout DVD that you can use to help build different kinds of strength is Tony Horton’s P90X fitness routine.

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