Hamza – Strength Training Regime

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Date: February 2, 2012

I was initially introduced to strength training by my older siblings who used to strength train in the backyard.  As I grew older into my high school years I started to become more interested in strength training, so I sought advice from my older brother. He told me that performing three sets of 12 repetitions on different muscle groups five times per week was essential to get “lean muscles and increase strength”.  I followed this concept for many years and felt this was improving my fitness and also getting me into shape.

I started reading magazines and completed an exercise prescription paper as part of my Physiotherapy degree, which also had similar training principles to what my brother had previously said. I was convinced my training was on the right track.

However, last year in June I was introduced to a new concept at MedStrength, which adheres to the idea of one set of exercises to the point of momentary muscular failure (MMF), performed 2-3 times a week, with an emphasis on a 24-48hour rest period between training sessions.

At first I did not fully grasp this concept and questioned its validity, as it was going against the training regime I had been performing over the past few years.  However, I decided to train using the principles of one set to MMF 3x a week to see for myself if this concept of training would actually benefit me. In a few months of training using the MedX machines, I found my strength increased vastly with every workout session.  A lot of people believe the more you train the greater the strength gains; unfortunately this is not true, as the recovery period is the most crucial stage where the repair and regeneration of the muscle occurs. The concept used by MedStrength allows the individual to continuously increase the weight they lift by allowing the body enough time to recover.  I now believe in and use this method of training MedStrength promotes.

Think about it – the body does not know how many sets or repetitions you are doing; all it knows is intensity or volume.  So why do 3 sets of 12 repetitions and waste unnecessary time when you can continue with the exercise until the muscles fatigue and then work on a different muscle group? This type of training will provide all individuals with an increase in strength in a fashion that prevents muscular imbalances, as the training involves an overall body workout.   A common problem faced by many people with a busy lifestyle is a lack of time: because they believe they need to spend a lot of time at the gym, they don’t go. Time will not be an issue after joining MedStrength, because here individuals spend minimal time training in a safe and scientific fashion whilst reaping maximal strength gains.