Strength Is More Than Muscle
One of the biggest discoveries in exercise science over the past couple of decades is that strength – the kind that enables you to survive and thrive throughout your life – requires more than muscles. Muscle performance depends on the quality of the web of connective tissue (called myofascia) supporting them.
The exercises we do to build strength at CBF reflect this discovery, as we first explained a few years ago in this blog, called “The Web of Power.”
Here are three fascia/muscle-building basics you will recognize:
Varying Loads – Fasical strength is best developed by subjecting the body to resistance of varying amounts, not just the maximum weight you can move just once or a few times. In fact, older adults benefit more in terms of safety and strength gains by avoiding “maximums.”
Varying Tempo – Different exercises (example: primal crawls versus striking the heavy bag) are performed at different speeds, thus develop elasticity in different ways in ligaments anchoring bones during movement.
Varying directions – In everyday life, the body must move things or resist forces in/from numerous planes (forwards, backwards, sideways, up, down.
If you’d like to gain more insight into why we do what we do at CBF, read this article by Thomas Meyers, a true pioneer in understanding how our bodies work. It has lots of scientific terms, but if you even browse it and look at the illustrations, you’ll get it.