This is a mid-week tease for my upcoming column, The Framework Of Fitness Part II; The Cornerstone Question. Below is an excerpt:
“Before one can ask the question, “how many sets and repetitions should I perform of a given strength exercise?” one should first ask the question, “what am I really trying to accomplish?”
That’s a hard question to answer as it applies to strength training. The utility of strength training is vast and has many applications; conditioning for athletes, muscle toning, muscle shaping, muscle building, retarding the aging process (which is an umbrella over many other virtues), building strength, increasing flexibility, and the list goes on.
Most will seek multiple aspects of that list. When I ask someone why they want to lift weights, among the more common answers I hear are as follows;
- build strength
- tone muscles
- shape muscles
- increase flexibility
- add muscle mass
People may seek those to different degrees, and with varying priorities, but most want some combination of these. ”
Please check back this weekend for the completed column. Thank you.
Oh, and there’s this from the seminal Alt/Country band, The Bottle Rockets. Enjoy…