How strong do you need to be? Well that depends. Are you an NFL lineman, or a long-distance marathoner? Picture all the strength you have in you as if it were water in a bucket. If you’re an NFL lineman, you have to dump that bucket upside down and release every drop of energy fast. If you’re a marathoner, you have to crack the spigot on the bucket and let it trickle out so it will last for 2+ hrs.
You need to assess where you want to be on the Strength Spectrum This will have a huge impact on how you train. On one end is raw muscular strength and on the opposite end is muscular endurance. Anaerobic versus Aerobic. The Strength Spectrum will dictate the methods and techniques you use to train.
Should you have equal parts of strength and endurance training? Or should you focus your effort more towards one end of the spectrum or the other.
Let’s focus on just one aspect of your workout routine. How can you adjust a strength or resistance training (weight-lifting) routine to fit your needs? If you are looking for raw power, you should train with heavy weights and low reps. You will have at least one day where you are lifting 90% of your One Rep Maximum (1RM) for 3-5 reps.
If you’re training for muscular endurance, you could do a circuit program where you are lifting 60% of your 1RM for 12-15 reps per set and moving from one exercise to the next with minimal rest between sets.
where you need no be
You can do great things, but it starts with an honest assessment of where you start so you can set realistic goals as we outlined in Goal Setting for Fitness.
Look at the Strength Spectrum and determine if you should be concentrating your efforts toward strength or endurance.
Knowing this in advance this will help you pick the proper types of exercises and workout routines to reach your goal. If you do not have a specific sport or activity you are training for, balance is the order of the day.