The Importance of Strength for Your Safety
You train for fitness, strength, and well-being. But do you realize you can train for safety as well?
The chaos in this world today can be overwhelming. Being prepared physically (along with being properly equipped for self-defense) plays a big role in surviving and winning a threatening situation.
Check out some basic info and a survival workout here.
Survival Strength for Self-Defense
Muscle & Fitness, by Shawn Verde
Have you ever been physically confronted by someone? Someone who posed a serious and immediate threat? What about by someone who is barrel-chested, broad-shouldered and 50 pounds heavier? In this situation, even the most well-trained among us begin to lose our advantage in a tussle. The Mr. Miyagis of the world – tiny guys that can destroy a platoon with their hands alone – are rare. Strength matters. Legendary strength trainer Mark Rippetoe states, “Bigger, stronger men are more valuable…in any field of employment in which there is a physical component.” Superior training can offset a strength advantage – that’s one of the reasons we train in the first place — but a stronger fighter is a better fighter. Here’s how to train for it.
One of the first additions that proper strength training can provide to self-defense is enhancing explosive power by development of the Type II, or fast twitch, muscle fibers. If you move 100 pounds 10 times, you’ll be pretty good at moving 100 pounds…but not 300 pounds. But if you can move 300 pounds ten times, then you’ll be very good at moving 100 pounds or, if kicking someone’s groin, knee, or head, 27.5 pounds, the weight of an average man’s leg.
Greater strength also means that moving your body weight becomes easier for longer periods of time (read: you’ll have greater stamina). Plus, as muscle mass increases, you’ll get the ancillary benefit of armor. The body responds by recruiting calcium to increase bone density and deal with the increased stress of higher weight. Larger muscles and denser bones translate to an armored structure that’s harder to break – an invaluable trait when fists and elbows are flying.
The goal of this workout isn’t to get you ripped – it’s to give you larger, functional muscles that respond when you need them. All of the Olympic lifts will train multiple muscle groups at once, while the dumbbell swings, burpees and plyo push-ups will enhance the impact of your strikes. Strict, dead-hang pull-ups are indispensable and the short runs after heavy leg workouts maximize your fatigue.
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