The Most Underrated Principle of Strength Training Is… Balance

The most underrated principle of strength training is balance. There are many misconceptions about it, but I believe there are only two reasons why: 1) Some people just don’t understand it; or 2) They think they do, but their methods aren’t working for them. Let’s start with the first reason.

People Don’t Understand Balance

I’ve been doing this long enough to have seen a lot of people fail at balancing. I’m not talking about your average gym rat. I mean those guys who go to the gym because they want to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger and lift weights so they can become Mr. Olympia!

Those guys tend to be the worst offenders when it comes to balance.

Why?

Because they’re looking for a quick fix instead of focusing on getting stronger and building muscle mass over time. They’ll do anything, even cheat, just so they can get bigger arms or legs faster than everyone else. That’s fine if they’re trying to build muscle, but it doesn’t work out well for you. You need to focus on building strength and size over time.

But how do you actually achieve balance?

Well, let me tell you…

How To Achieve Balance In Your Life

How To Achieve Balance In Your Life

Balance is achieved through proper dieting and training. It isn’t a quick process, but the rewards are well worth it.

You should try to focus on eating a balanced diet. That doesn’t mean you must follow some stupid diet plan that your “guru” tells you to do. It just means you need to eat healthy most of the time and not live on junk food alone.

In addition, you need to have a well-structured, but progressive weight training program. If you’re trying to build muscles and gain strength, then you need to lift heavy weights, but you also need to do it safely and progressively.

You shouldn’t try out a weight training program that some guy at the gym told you about. You need a program that will work for you. A program that will build strength, muscle mass and balance in your body.

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