How Important is Strength for Getting a Better-Looking Body?
Building strength is a common goal among gym goers these days, but how important is strength for achieving your fitness goals?
In fact, should strength even be of concern if all you care about is looking as good as humanly possible?
In this post, I’ll be sharing with you the actual significance of strength, and something else that you probably should be focusing more on instead.
All right, let’s dive in and get started.
Importance of Strength for Building Muscle
If your main goal is to build muscle, then strength will definitely play a role. Look at any guy in the gym who has a nice physique, and he should be lifting a decent amount of weight.
The central thing that strength will be responsible for when it comes to building muscle is myofibrillar hypertrophy. I have talked about this in another post titled: How Many Reps to Build Muscle or Burn Fat.
So be sure to check that out if you want to learn more about the best rep ranges for achieving your goals. Anyway, myofibrillar hypertrophy is great because it’s that dense and defined muscle that looks awesome.
However, one problem is that it takes a long time to build a significant amount of muscle from myofibrillar hypertrophy. This happens because strength and muscle aren’t 100% related.
There’s no law that says: Once you gain X amount of pounds on your bench, your chest will be an inch bigger. Just because you’re getting stronger, doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be getting bigger.
Look no further than power lifters for a prime example. Power lifters are incredibly strong, but some of them look undersized for how much weight that they can lift.
Importance of Strength for Losing Weight
If your main purpose is to lose weight, then getting stronger in the gym isn’t really all that important. This is because getting stronger won’t burn that many calories.
Sadly, exercise for the most part doesn’t burn off that many calories. For you, it’s more vital to focus on your diet.
Your diet is the main way that you’ll be able to lose the most weight. It’s very hard to get into a caloric deficit via exercise.
On the contrary, it’s much easier to get into a caloric deficit by simply eating less. Not only that, but getting stronger while your calories are lower than usual is a very hard thing to do.
Yes, it’s possible to get stronger when you’re in a caloric deficit, but your main focus should be to maintain your strength while dropping fat. Going from a 100-pound bench press to a 300-pound bench press is without a doubt impressive, but if you still carry a lot of excess fat, you won’t look any different.
So if you need to lose weight, focus on losing weight. Don’t get caught thinking that you have to get stronger immediately.
Lose the excess fat first, and then you can focus more on building strength.
Problems With Obsessing Over Strength
Many different problems can arise when all you care about is getting stronger in the gym. For starters, you’ll use a weight that is too heavy for you.
When this happens, your form will be compromised. You’ll then be much more likely to sustain an unnecessary injury.
Another thing that will happen is that you’ll use momentum to lift the weight, not the muscle. As you can probably imagine, this is absolutely terrible for trying to build muscle because your muscles aren’t doing anything!
Lifting heavy weights all of the time is also very taxing on your central nervous system. Trying to build strength while working out 5 days a week is really going to fry your central nervous system, making it hard to consistently get stronger.
The best way to build strength would be to train every other day. An example would be working out on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
This will give your nervous system a break from all of the heavy weight lifting. Finally, when you obsess over strength, you might lose sight of the real reason why you started working out in the first place.
When you do this, you let strength hijack your true goals.
What Should You Focus On Instead?
Instead of concentrating on gaining strength, focus on the way that you look. Having a better-looking body is one of the main reasons why people start working out in the first place.
If this is the case for you, then I suggest that you start worrying about how you look instead of how much weight you are lifting. Being strong isn’t really all that important when you have a good-looking physique.
People who see you will automatically assume that you’re strong because you look like you’re strong. Besides, only people who’re in the gym with you will see how strong you actually are.
At the end of the day, do you think that they really care how much weight you are lifting? The answer to that is probably not.
Strength unquestionably has a place in the world of fitness, and strength building is here to stay for the long haul. Your goals should determine how much emphasis you place on building strength.
If your main ambition is to build muscle, then it’s a good idea to focus on some lower rep strength work. This will help to create myofibrillar hypertrophy, which is that dense muscle that looks absolutely breath taking.
On the other hand, if your goal is to lose weight, then focus on maintaining the strength that you have. It’s very hard to gain strength while you’re in a caloric deficit.
If your main fitness endeavor is to look better, then don’t ever let strength become a fixation. Always remember why you started working out in the first place.
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Finally, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below about building strength. How important do you think strength is for building a perfect figure?
Also, is your main objective in the gym to build strength, or is it something else? Whatever you think let me know, and be sure to share this post with your friends!