6 Hidden Benefits Of Strength Training

Get started with a decent strength-training program and awesome results come along pretty much instantly.

Posture improves, golf shots have more yardage, tennis serves more power, and chronic back and knee pain magically disappears.

You look better, you move better, and you feel better – your only regret is that you didn’t get started sooner.

For guys our age, strength training really is like medicine.

But get this – that’s still only scratching the surface because there are a ton of other major benefits that will help transform almost every aspect of your life.

They really will.

1. The Power of Incremental Progress

Instant download, Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime – I want it, and I want it now.

Well, strength training is the antithesis of all that because strength is built just a few pounds at a time, doing just a little more this time compared with last, and a little more again next time.

Each training session is one of many small steps that seem almost insignificant when considered in isolation but accumulate over weeks and months to give something outstanding.

It works the exact same way with anything of real value.

Whether that’s building a successful business, learning to play the guitar, or losing 20 pounds of body fat – the “secret” lies in stacking those successive small increments of progress.

Those big tasks that seem overwhelming get broken down into easy, bite-sized chunks that we can tackle one at a time.

Now, we’ve all experienced the power of this firsthand because that’s exactly how we learned to walk, talk, and ride a bicycle.

But in this on-demand world we tend to associate slow and steady with inefficient and ineffective.

That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Getting strong reminds you of just how powerful a process it really is.

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. You’re Never Too Old

I hear things like this all the time “But I’m in my 40s/50s/60s/70s – I’m too old to lift weights…”

My response is always the same “You’re too old to NOT lift weights!”

The reality is you’re already lifting weights because your suitcase, lawnmower, kids/grandkids all weigh something, right?

Training simply takes that a step further by using loads that are scalable to the individual and incrementally increasable – that means everyone can start somewhere and improve a little bit at a time, even if it’s just by ½lb.

That’s how you go from being a weak 50-something with a rebuilt knee, sitting in a wheelchair to a strong 50-something with a rebuilt knee, deadlifting 275 lbs in less than nine months.

Simon Knee 2

This isn’t about merely hanging on to whatever strength we’ve got left, this is about profound improvement as we get older.

You’re capable of all that and so much more, and getting strong will change your whole outlook for the better.

Put it this way, there are folks out there doing incredible things – triathlons, surfing, mountaineering – who are old enough to be our parents, or even grandparents(!)

Bottom line? You’re never too old.

3. Ultimate Mental Relaxation

When you train exercises like the squatstanding press, deadlift, and bench press, you’re also developing laser focus.

You’re concentrating so hard that no other thoughts enter your mind while you’re training, and at the end of the session you feel an incredible sense of clarity and rejuvenation.

Sure, you’re physically tired but you’re mentally refreshed – everybody leaves a training session in a more positive and relaxed state of mind than when they started.

It’s almost a Zen-like state where everything from multi-million dollar business deals to everyday problems get forgotten.

Those two 1-hour per week training sessions will help you unplug like nothing else.

4. Approach Tasks Positively & Aggressively

At some level, all of us would much rather ignore problems than tackle them head on.

But training means that twice per week, you’re lifting slightly more weight than you did last time (which usually means more weight than you’ve ever lifted before).

And you have a choice – either commit 100% with total certainty and belief, or allow doubt and uncertainty to take hold.

You soon learn that before you fail at any physical task you first have to fail mentally.

But when you approach something positively and aggressively, what previously seemed “impossible” is actually well within your ability.

Cultivating that positive and aggressive attitude towards problems has a huge carryover to every aspect of your life.

As one of my clients e-mailed me “I’ve discovered hidden reserves that I never knew existed”

5. Have a Target to Shoot For

The amazing thing about having a target is that we invariably hit it.

Targets take subjective feelings out of the equation, stop us focusing inwards and give us a concrete goal to aim at.

A person uses the same weight for the same number of repetitions week after week, month after month, waiting for the weight to feel easy before adding a few more pounds to the bar.

Unfortunately, that day never comes, and he falls into the trap of thinking that he’s at the limit of his physical potential.

One day he decides to add 2-3 pounds to the bar, quit thinking about how he feels, and focus on just getting the job done.

And guess what? He rises to the challenge.

Success gets stacked on top of success, momentum builds, and self-belief skyrockets – it’s an upward spiral.

That’s the power of having a target to shoot for.

The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them

– Jim Rohn

6. Everything is Relative

To Laird Hamilton, a house-sized wave really isn’t that big.

To Dave Grohl, 10,000 people really isn’t a big crowd.

But it wasn’t always that way – at some point, Laird Hamilton was scared in 6-foot surf, and Dave Grohl got the willies performing in front of a handful of people.

The same way 135 lbs or 90 lbs or whatever felt heavy to you at one time, but they’re now just light warm-up sets and you swear it feels like there’s no weight on the bar.

Remember how you were daunted by your first big project or business deal, but you’re now handling way bigger things than you ever imagined without missing a beat?

Well, what changed wasn’t your ability, it was your belief about your ability.

People see this in their training all the time – the warm-up set with 175 lbs felt “heavy”, but after their work-set with 225 lbs, that same 175 lbs feels ridiculously light.

Constantly expanding your “realm of the possible” increases your ability because we have greater expectations of ourselves, set higher standards, and get bigger rewards.

Strength training is a huge catalyst for that shift in mindset.

Strength Training – There is No Substitute

…it is very important to learn that your limits are seldom where you think they are

– Mark Rippetoe

In just two hours per week you can build the kind of strength that you wouldn’t have dreamed possible in your 20s.

Even better, the process of getting strong will reacquaint you with some old friends like tenacity, focus, resolve and self-reliance.

The very things that will transform your life beyond all recognition.

All you have to do is get under the bar.

– Tim

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