You know what really grinds my gears?
When someone says “I want to build muscle but I really don’t care to add strength”.
I mean, do you really think you’re going to get massively bigger by pushing around the same weight as you are now?
Besides, who the hell wants to look big and muscular but struggle to open a water bottle?
To be fair, when someone says something like that, they probably just mean that they have no interest in getting powerlifter-strong.
Not everyone wants to deadlift 600lbs and bench press 400lbs…I get that.
But if you are someone who thinks that they can completely ignore strength and somehow achieve significant muscle gains, you, my friend, are sadly mistaken.
With this post, I want to remove that silly idea from your head by listing 7 reasons why you should train for strength, even if you “don’t care for it”.
Reason #1 – With Strength Comes Size
Plain and simple.
If you can manage to get stronger, you WILL get bigger, period.
Getting stronger is the most sure-fire way to ensure you are progressing in the gym. And with progress, comes gains.
By now you should understand that the main focus in any training program should be progressive overload.
Slowly increasing the total workload without sacrificing reps, sets, rest, etc.
In fact, if your training program does not encourage you to progress regularly, then ditch it, right now!
And I know that a lot of people will say “I never focused on strength and I still got great results”.
And to those people I say, you didn’t “focus” on strength because you weren’t writing things down and ensuring you were progressing. But I guaran-damn-tee you that you have progressively gotten stronger throughout your journey.
Think about the simplicity of how our body builds muscle.
We introduce a stimulus, our body adapts to it by building muscle to handle that stimulus. If we continue to provide new stimulus, our body has no choice but to continue to adapt and grow. So regardless of training splits, rep ranges, weight training techniques (supersets, drop sets, etc), as long as we are getting better, we are getting bigger. It’s really no more complicated than that.
So do you have to train like a powerlifter? NO!
But I highly encourage you to focus on strength in the sense that you should be aiming to get better with each lift, regularly.