Why strength for beginners?
Why do we recommend strength-based training for new lifters? There are many different directions one can go in when they start training, and lots of them are going to get you results. But we feel that focusing on strength is a good first step for any new lifter. Strength is measurable. Unlike aesthetics, or any number of other potential pursuits, you can always tell that you are getting stronger because the weight on the bar is going up, or the reps and sets are increasing.
This means you have concrete feedback that you are making progress and that sort of positive reinforcement means you feel motivated, and honestly, seeing the weight on the bar go up just feels so damn good!
Your strength going up will also mean that you can handle more weight and volume over time, meaning you will be able to build more muscle. Think of it this way, if you are curling 10lb weights, imagine how much better your results would be if we could get those to 20lb, or 30lb weights! Strength will also benefit any other physical or athletic goals you have, aside from aesthetics. Whether it’s stuff like baseball or soccer, running, rock climbing, or anything else, being stronger will make you better at the sport you are doing.
Being stronger is also good for your health. It will mean stronger bones and healthier joints. Stronger muscles can protect you from injury, and even reduce things like back and knee pain. It is clear, strength is a great goal for a beginner lifter to focus on.
Nigel, Kizen Coach
Who is Nigel?
Nigel is a coach who has been competing in powerlifting since 2012 and started directing meets in 2017. Nigel began working as a personal trainer in 2013, was a part of the Ascendant Athletics team with Omar and Silent Mike from 2015-2016, and has managed the group coaching for Kizen Training since 2017. Through this work and coaching private clients, Nigel has worked with many lifters of all skill levels and from diverse athletic backgrounds. His best lifts in competition are a 661lb/300kg squat in sleeves, a 451lb/205kg bench, and a 639lb/295kg deadlift.
If you havent already, we recommend checking out our Beginner Program - Free Preview, its a great place to start if you're new to the gym.