In this episode of the Muscle Monsters Podcast, I want to go over a few reasons why your main goal should always be strength, even if you’re only interested in aesthetics.
It’s one thing to say “I don’t care about strength” and it’s another to just completely ignore strength progression in your program.
If you’re complaining that your chest is small, then 9 times out of 10, your bench press (or any other pushing movements you use) is weak.
Although you may see some guys who squat heavy and have chicken legs, or ones that bench press 300+ lbs with poor chest development, that isn’t the majority.
Most guys who squat heavy have big legs while most guys who bench press double their bodyweight have well developed pecs.
Am I saying you have to squat and bench press?
I am saying that, as long as you’re getting stronger, your body has no choice but to adapt by producing new muscle tissue to handle the stimulus.
Want to ensure you’re getting stronger, week by week?
3 Reasons Strength Should Be The Goal for Better Aesthetics
With strength comes muscle size: AS I mentioned before, if you’re getting stronger (assuming your nutrition is in order), you’re getting bigger, period. As long as the total workload is increasing, be that through extra reps, higher frequency, or heavier weight, you’ll build new muscle issue.
Joint health and longevity: I think it’s funny when someone says “I don’t train heavy because I want to keep my joints healthy”. Training heavy does not damage your joints. Working with a load you can’t handle and performing a lift with shitty form is what damages the joints. To the contrary, getting stronger does not just mean getting bigger (muscles), it also increases the strength of your connective tissue (i.e. joints, ligaments, tendons).
Increased muscle density: Have you ever seen an older guy who looks pretty solid. Then you find out he hasn’t worked out in “forever”? That, my friend, is muscle density. That is the product of heavy (relative) strength training.
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