Coach Caleb’s Corner
Strength is a Skill
Strength is a skill. Skills take practice. Practice is training. At Breakthrough Strength & Fitness we don’t do “workouts.” We practice our skills; we train!
If you’ve visited the gym this week, you probably noticed that Kati wrote this little reminder of some of our guiding principles up on the board. Why? Well, because:
“The knowledge of some principles easily compensates for the ignorance of some facts.”
This quote by the philosopher Claude Helvetius was used in the late Professor Yuri Verkhoshansky’s last book. The Professor’s work has been a great source of inspiration for much of the StrongFirst training methodology. By adhering to a set of principles, StrongFirst instructors are well known for the ability to reverse engineer the feats of strength, endurance and movement performed by elite athletes, to break them down into their component parts so that they can be effectively practiced by almost anyone.
Although the abs and glutes are key players, we would be remiss if we didn’t also emphasize the role of the lats in transferring force from the torso into the arms, keeping the shoulders safe and empowering crushing strength for the grip. Dr. Michael Hartle, Chief Instructor of the StrongFirst Lifter training program, likes to remind us to fire the “GLAG;” a funny sounding acronym for Glutes, Lats, Abs and Grip. The better you can fire your GLAG, the better an athlete you are! How then do we get better at firing these muscles?
“One must achieve the ability to concentrate his mind on the muscles and take them under complete control.” (Eugen Sandow, the “father of modern bodybuilding”)