Easy Strength is a training methodology in which it teaches you How to look like Tarzan, Play like Tarzan and win like Tarzan” and is at the core of everything we do at Adaptive Strength.
To put it simply the easy strength program was developed with the purpose of being as strong as you look but still having energy for the day after your workout, where you don’t feel sore, don’t effect your movement patterns and can still reach your goals.
Everything old is new again. No matter what new and exciting thing has emerged in the last three decades pretty much everything was discovered before I was born. Easy Strength has deep roots throughout strength history and is definitely nothing new.
In fact it’s so simple I believe people often discount it or continue moving on to the latest training fads. The reality is the easy strength program has been proven again and again when it comes to achieving your strength goals.
Below I will outline some key concepts so you to can create your own easy strength workout. Is there an “easy” way to get stronger then you ever have before? the answer is in these following principles:
- Lift Heavy
- Do fundamental human movements
- Keep your reps and sets low (eg: 2 sets of 5)
- Stop your sets and your workout before you get fatigued
- Don’t even struggle
- Basically, never miss a rep; keep plenty in the tank and keep coming back (more is not always better)
The key to easy strength program is the ability to keep coming back and coming back and coming back etc Consistency and small changes overtime will change your body in ways you could never imagine.
It’s easy to smoke yourself with burpees, endless AMRAPS (As many reps as possible) and give yourself DOMs (delayed onset muscle soreness) but are you actually getting stronger and achieving your goals? Sometimes the hardest thing to do is stick to a simple progressive strength program consistently overtime yet it’s the one thing proven again and again to work wonders for your body.
Generally you focus on these 6 areas:
- A large posterior chain movement (eg: deadlift and variations)
- Upper body push (bench press or military press)
- Upper body pull (pullups or rows)
- A simple full body explosive move (Kettlebell swings or snatches)
- An anterior move (abdominal exexercise eg: ab wheel, hanging leg raises, L-sits)
- Loaded Carry (Eg: Farmer Carries, Suitcase carries etc)
You don’t have to worry necessary about the weight or load. Always stay within yourself and go heavier naturally. Some weeks you feel strong and left heavier other weeks you may feel extra tired and fatigued and it’s ok to lift lighter rather then force yourself to keep progressing.
This key point will be your guide “When the weights feel light, add more weight!”
I hope this article has expressed the case that a simple way is the best way and we insist that you stop “smoking yourself”. You need to develop yourself over a period of time and lay a broad foundation that can be reinforced and built over the years. Once you have a solid base then perhaps I give you permission to try the newest gimmicks and tricks you read about on the internet. Set yourself up with a basic training routine that you can count on to keep you fresh but in shape.
If you have any questions or want to experience an easy strength program reach out!