When we think of strength, we usually think of lifting heavy things. To get stronger, we lift heavier things. Makes sense right?
This relates to one of the fundamental principles of strength development called the Overload Principle.
What is the Overload Principle?
Muscles and the nervous system will respond and work together to get stronger if we overload them by making them do heavier tasks.
But … overload does not have to equal heavier. It just needs to be more challenging.
Sometimes this can be achieved by:
- using different body positions
- using different sizes of equipment
- And yes, you can also use progressively heavier weights to improve your strength
Example #1 – Push Ups
Example # 2 – Step Ups
Example # 3 – Wrist Curls
Example # 4 – Bridging
What Else Can You Do?
These are just a few examples of how varying position and equipment can help you work on getting stronger. There are many, many different exercises and many, many different versions of these exercises that you can choose to suit your level of strength needs. You don’t always need weights or fancy equipment.
Create a Plan
We can help you choose exercises and progressions that are safe and effective. With a little creativity and some problem-solving, you can tailor almost any exercise to your ability and the environment you are exercising in.
Strength is such an essential component of our function and well-being that we all need to work on to improve our quality of life and prevent issues down the road.
As the old saying goes, “If you keep doing it the same way, you can’t expect things to change.”