There are many different types of resistance … and everyone needs to be taken into account when forming an effective program of physical training.
What makes someone stronger?
Well, that is not an easy question to answer … because it depends on which of the many different types of strength that you are talking about.
Someone can exhibit great proficiency in an aspect of strength while being completely devoid of another.
To better understand, we’re talking about three of the most important types of strength: maximum force, explosive force and strength resistance …
Maximum force is the amount of force that can be generated from an all out effort … regardless of age or body weight.
Maximum force can be viewed through three types of muscle actions …
Concentric force occurs when the muscle shortens as exceeds the strength, as when lifting weights.
Eccentric force occurs when the muscle lengthens as yields at or try to overcome resistance, like when you control a weight on the way down.
Static resistance occurs when the muscle contracts against a fixed resistance, or contracts to prevent unwanted movements.
Explosive force is force per unit of time and is also known as the speed force.
There are several types of explosive force.
Starting strength is the ability to recruit as many muscle fibers as possible instantly at the beginning of the movement … Is the force required to accelerate rapidly a load that is at rest.
Acceleration force is how long you can hold the maximum number of muscle fibers recruited after starting resistance. Once you start the initial movement, the rate of force development is the acceleration … That’s what they get paid to move very quickly.
Tensile strength is the ability to be as strong as possible, for as long as possible.
Resistance resistance is characterised by being able to run a movement repeatedly for an extended period of time without being overcome by fatigue or sacrificing form.
Now let’s add a few more types of strength …
Relative strength is the amount of force that can be generated from an all out … effort relative to body weight.
For example … If two people have the ability to raise the same object, but a person is small and lighter in size, exhibit more strength.
Relative strength comes into play when you are measuring the ability of resistance against each other, competing in a sport that has weight classes or compete in a sport where you need to overcome your own bodyweight to perform a task.
Absolute force limit is the amount of force that can be generated from an all out effort … with the use of medications or supplements.
I personally am less concerned with this kind of strength because I only care about improvements that are properly and effectively exercise … and not through manipulation.
As you can see … There are a lot of strong types to consider when planning a program of strength training.
My suggestion …
Do not concentrate on the formation of a special kind of force at the expense of everyone else, unless you have a specific reason to do so.
For most of us, we don’t know what kind of force will be called into question as we go through our lives … so train them all.
Therefore, vary the physical training methods, stresses and intensity during the maximum strength training, resistance force explosive force to bring the greatest performance improvements for sport, work and life.
In this way, not only will be strong … but strong for any occasion.