• Ryan

Muscle and Strength Evolution

Last time I talked about the when you need to build more muscle to build more strength and when you need to just focus on getting stronger with the muscle you have.

I’ve talked quite a bit recently about strength.

Mainly because, as I said at the very start of my strength based blogging, I believe that everyone to some degree should do some strength training at some point.

But also because I myself have been focusing on strength training and heavy lifting so it ties in nicely to what I have been doing in my own training.

My training has (actually had, now as I have to stop because of lockdown) been going really well.

I took my own advice, which I don’t often do, and I have been following the principles that I have been talking about. Kinda like putting my money where my mouth is.

Now I’m certainly not a beginner lifter. But one of the best things about being a trainer is the constant learning and growing.

So I decided to strip things back and do what I have been talking about. Back to basics and putting a lot of focus on technique.

I still wouldn’t say I’m a master but I feel more confident under the bar than I ever have done.

I am very proud to say I’m going into lockdown with my bench press, squat, deadlift and pull ups at an all time high.

But this ties in nicely to what I have been talking about.

I’ve kind of picked the low hanging fruit. My numbers have gone up simply by being better at the lifts. Now there’s still room for more improvement. However, I do need to plan ahead slightly.

Now that I’m well drilled and the motor patterns have been learnt, I am close to maxing out the gains that I can get from better neurological improvements and technique. I still have more gains to make just by working on this. The progress is slowing which means that time for adaptation is coming.

Which is a good thing. You should be training so that what you were doing is easy and you need to kick it up a gear.

So the next stage for me is, coincidentally the next stage of strength training that I have been talking about.