What is Strength?

What is Strength?

This depends on the context in which the question is asked.

Strength to a baseball player is the ability to run faster, hit harder, throw with more speed, and explode out of the batter’s box because increasing your strength helps to increase your force production. Strength could mean the mental strength to focus more in the bottom of the ninth inning when you simply need one run to win and you are at the plate with that run on second base.

Strength to a football player helps them withstand the weekly grind and collisions on the field. Muscle mass helps prevent injury and helps them with durability. It is a pretty solid batch of evidence when you see kickers and quarterbacks being laid out from a big hit while a running back pops up for the next play. Muscle has a contributing factor in that.

Strength to any athlete is relative to the task at hand. A baseball player doesn’t need to lift like a football player, a football player doesn’t need to lift like an Olympic weightlifter, and the Olympic weightlifter doesn’t need to train like a competitive powerlifter. The relative nature of strength to task is an important distinction to remember if you play a sport.

Strength to a mom is being able to do what she needs to do to make her career go, go home to take care of what she needs to, and do it all over again. To a mom, physical strength is relative. I can tell you from experience, the one person who values strength in a way that empowers them, motivates them, encourages them, becomes addicting, is that mom.

I have a saying that I have used, on more than one occasion, and it is, “men look at the weight and expect to lift it, women look at that and never expect to lift it.”

This has rung true to my experiences in multiple occasions from women I have helped compete at their first powerlifting meet watching them scream for joy after hitting a weight they didn’t think they could ever lift one inch off the ground to women who work in demanding careers training with me at 5:30 AM lifting 265 pounds off the ground and seeing that smile beam across their face.

To an athlete strength is part of what they do, to “moms” and working women… strength opens the door to empowering thoughts, a supreme increase in self-confidence, embracing a new body that doesn’t need to be “thin is in”, and coming to grips with the fact that they are strong, capable, powerful, feminine, and badass people.

What is Strength?

I am not sure how you will answer that… but I have seen physical strength change women’s lives in ways that make being a Strength Coach the most rewarding job I could imagine.


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