There is an endless number of ways to get strong as a human being and each one has advantages and disadvantages. Having tried most of them, my experience is that the program with the most variety of movement and with the most functional match to your skill or sport works best.
The level of intensity has to be high, the movements have to be full and smooth, the number of reps needs to match your goals as an athlete, and technique is paramount to getting you the best results from your strength training. Now this doesn’t mean there isn’t room for machines or movements that isolate a particular muscle group. There’s no better way to tease out specific weakness in the gym than working on a hamstring curl machine for instance. And, there’s no better way to retrain someone’s pulling movement than on a row or lat pull machine. However, once your muscles are strong enough to control basic movement quality, it’s time to put these specific muscles and movements back into their functional system so they learn how to work as a team! Only then do you become durable as a mover and strong as an athlete.
By testing your muscle strength, I can give you a sense for where to start and then how to progress your strength training program based on your goals. You’ll learn how to move in new ways that match the movements you’ll need to do day to day or in your sport. And, you’ll see fast gains that’ll allow you to safely pursue a higher level strength training program once you’re ready. Crossfit, Functional Fitness, a Personal Trainer, Cheetah Fit, Olympic Lifting, Pilates, Core Power Yoga, and Bodybuilding are all fair game once you learn how to move well and achieve a solid base level of strength.