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STRENGTH TRAIN LIKE GANDHI

It takes focus, discipline and courage to maintain our physical health, ensure clarity of mental wellbeing and to realise our dreams.

I have been inspired by many people and various things over the years, Mahatma Gandhi is one of my earliest memories of realising that certain people are extraordinary and will stop at nothing to achieve their desired goal(this includes Madonna). My interest in strength training began in my mid teens as I also realised that my skinny arms were not going to bulge like the other lads unless I did something about it. While I was studying Gandhi’s political impact in high school I had no idea that one day I would be working as a professional fitness instructor and writing about the pros of strength training, so I thought I would honour both.

Gandhi stood for human revolution, he believed that all people should have the right to their cultural heritage, be self empowered by the freedom of their choices and to stand up for their individuality. A persons class or creed was not going to restrict how their human life should be experienced, with the creation of social systems a society can equally educate, feed and care for it’s people, and thus the individual can personally grow. He created one of the biggest human movements of the 20th century, I was to learn of his legacy growing up in a liberal democracy decades later, my how the west has changed since the 90′s.

The founding principles to strength training are based on the science of progressive overload, specificity, adaptation and recovery. The importance for us all to maintain a regular strength training programme is validated by keeping our body as strong, stable and supple as possible throughout our lives, this can be achieved with a regular and structured strength training programme. With consistency and effort we experience the growth of physical strength, the development of muscular tone and an increase of neural coordination. A strong and sound physique will hold a strong mind and heart with poise and ease.

Strength training can be broken down into smaller sub groups so that it’s benefits are recognised beyond the idea of a muscle bound, orange coloured human walking around smelling of protein juice. These groups are :

ABSOLUTE STRENGTH : the maximum force one exerts with their own body or parts of their body irrespective of muscle or body size.
RELATIVE STRENGTH : the maximum force exerted in relation to body weight or muscle size.
DEVELOPING STRENGTH : a muscle will only increase in strength when it’s been worked beyond it’s regular working capacity , this is called progressive overload.

PROGRESSIVE OVERLOAD :
increase the repetitions of an exercise.
increase the sets of an exercise.
increase the intensity by reducing recovery time.

These variables are applied to a programme to ensure continued muscular and neural growth will occur and can be applied to all sorts of exercises such as weight training, fit ball and medicine balls, plyometrics and conditioning training like interval sprints.

A structured and successful strength training programme increases bone density, regulates hormones, increases energy production and numerous biochemical pathways, increases lean muscle mass which equates to owning active body tissues that absorb calories while you wait for the bus, strengthens ligaments and tendons, plus creates a solid foundation for all body movement patterns.

Mahatma Gandhi maintained a life long dedication to human progress and service, he adapted to the new surroundings of his changing world, a world in which he assisted to sculpt into a more intelligent and developed place. To quote the man himself “Be the change you want to see in the world”, honour your health and wellbeing with a great strength training schedule, you will stay strong in body and mind, and may even create your own revolution.

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