Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 30, 2014

Knowledge is power: Know your own strength

Mark Moreland Body buzz
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — My wife is strong. It would be easy to underestimate her.

On one such occasion at the hardware store, she yanked a bag of salt off the bottom shelf and set it on the cart … like a boss. It made a "little" noise when it landed and the employee next to us said, "Whoa. You don't know your own strength."

With a smile, I thought to myself, "Actually, she does. In fact, she knows exactly how strong she is and how much weight she can pick up off the ground. She does that exercise every week, and the object she just lifted is half of her ability."

What I said to him was, "My wife is strong."

This is one of my favorite benefits of strength training. You know your own strength, and this knowledge is more than just knowing a number. Regular strength training teaches so much about your body and how to safely produce force. Things like:

• The proper body positions and set-up for safe, strong lifting.

• The correct movement pattern and motion used to move weight safely and efficiently.

• The loads you can safely lift.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.