I have spent the most recent ten years of my life trying to get as strong as possible. Every single day I am trying to get stronger. Why I do it is not that interesting to most people–at least, not unless those people are trying to do what I do: become as strong as humanly possible.The people who understand do it because it’s fun–and because they can’t help it. It’s a superior addiction.
The process of developing strength is actually a lot more satisfying than meeting the goals themselves. If you are addicted to lifting weights, seeing changes, and knowing that you are superior to the person you were yesterday, you might be nodding your head right now.Maybe you already know exactly what works for you. Stick with it.
But if you are a beginner or don’t know exactly which way to head, I have some advice. I’m not an expert, this is just based on my own experience with the iron.
1. Don’t think you can only use one tool
It is not about deciding on kettlebells versus dumbbells, or barbells versus the shake weight, or sandbags versus Indian clubs. It’s about finding out what you like to do.
If you have more fun during kettlebell practice than barbell exercise, that’s a clue. If you find that psychologically you prefer the Olympic lifts to tossing a sandbag over your shoulder, that’s a clue.
Use as many tools as you want, provided that you enjoy them. That’s what will give your training life longevity.
2. Try to lift more weight every time you train, in some area
Note: This does not mean put more weight on the bar every time. Setting a PR every day (personal record) does not just have to be about how much weight you can lift one time.
Here are the ways in which you can make progress in your strength training every single day:
- Perform more reps in a set than the time before (in a given exercise)
- Lift more weight than the time before (this can’t happen every time, but it’s still fun to chase)
- Perform more reps at the same weight, but in less time
- Perform the movements pain-free that used to bother you
All of these things are worth celebrating. Progress in any area is is a step forward overall. I find that when I improve the small things, the big things improve as well.
This is applicable to the weight room, but I encourage you to take the lessons you learn in the gym and apply them to your personal improvement in every facet of your life.
The keys are always:
- Try to do a little more
- Repeat this process as often as possible
- Have fun with it! If you’re having fun, don’t let anyone tell you you’re doing it wrong
PS: If you’re looking for more info about how to PR Every Day, I highly recommend Adam Glass’ Grip and Rip DVD. Good good stuff.