Last weekend, my brother and I went to the Arnold Sports Festival to have a bit of a look around.
It’s a very cool event, and within it were a bunch of hugely strong individuals participating in powerlifting, strongman and calisthenic events.
All were expressing their strength in different ways, but all were undeniably strong.
Seeing ultra strong people, or in fact any athletic people perform, for me is a great motivator as it shows the upper limits of human potential.
While being the strongest person in the history of the world is not necessarily something that general training participants (myself included) aspire towards, getting stronger should absolutely be something that we all aim for.
If you’re reading this, you might be thinking that I’m stating the obvious as you may already want to get stronger.
When I’m chatting to people about their training, it’s super common for them to be solely focused on body composition and cardiovascular fitness, with little to no interest in getting stronger.
If you associate strength solely with a powerlifting style of training, and you don’t want to be a powerlifter, then of course it’s not going to be something you focus on.
Powerlifting is a sport where people aim to get as strong as they possibly can in three specific lifts, and it’s epic to watch.
But if you don’t want to be a powerlifter, there’s still a whole bunch of strength potential well below the limit that can be gained.
And you should want to gain strength.
Putting strength into the right context.
Strength is the back bone of anything physical that you do, plus an increase in strength is generally going to result in a decreased risk of injury.
But let’s say that you don’t train all that hard, and you’re able to get through a relatively inactive life just fine without injury or pain.
This is a purely hypothetical scenario because pretty well everyone who is inactive has some sort of joint issue, which an increase in strength would help with by the way.
Anywho, why would you want to get stronger in that case?
Strength might just help you when you’re confronted with an unplanned situation or emergency.
The (sort of) unexpected.
My brother and I were driving home from the Arnold Festival on a sunny and quite busy Sunday afternoon.
Stopped at a set of traffic lights on a particularly busy stretch of road in Melbourne, the car died as the lights went green and wouldn’t start again.
So what’d we do?
I jumped out, and pushed the car until my brother could roll start it back into life, jumped back in the passenger seat and off we went.
I’m not using this example to toot my own horn (although I did feel like a boss), but rather to show when a little bit of strength might come in handy.
If we hadn’t have been able to push the car and get it started, or at the very least get it out of the way, then we were in for an afternoon filled with embarrassment while we sat there getting beeped at while waiting for a tow truck.
Instead was just a slight inconvenience, and we got on with our day.
I’ll wrap this one up here, but I hope it’s got you thinking about how strength can be useful outside of a training/gym context.
Thank you as always for reading.
I’ll catch you next time.