Principles of Strength
Strength is the ability to produce Force against an external resistance.
Force is what causes the movement
In terms of fitness, exercise and sports performance, getting stronger, among many other concerns, should always be the priority since its effects are far fetching and has a direct influence over most, if not, all aspects of fitness and performance. To illustrate, cardiovascular endurance leads to very specific changes that are short lived. The physical adaptations brought about by strength training (e.g. stronger muscles, improved bone density, thicker connective tissues etc.) are long lasting and has a profound systemic effect. Running, dancing, sports, and other similar activities shouldn’t be the default choice when looking into getting in shape. All of these activities have distinct benefits, however, engaging in strength training has been proven to be more beneficial in terms of general effect.
Why the Barbell?
There are numerous ways and forms of resistance training. However, the barbell still reigns supreme. Why? it allows you to move the most amount of weight over the longest range of motion while stressing the entire system. This systemic stimuli causes more significant adaptation thereby making you stronger faster.