Strength Training Fundamentals and Resources
Fundamentals of Strength Training
To get stronger, you must:
- Lift more over time — weight, reps, or sets need to be increasing over time.
- Recover — sleep, mobility work, and rest are required to strengthen your body.
- Eat plenty of nutritious food — without fuel your body cannot sustain more lifting.
If your training program doesn’t have any progression, you will stall. If you don’t sleep and don’t take days off you will stall. If you don’t eat enough you will stall.
Make sure your training plan and lifestyle include these fundamentals.
Below I’ve compiled useful resources on strength training. These links are geared towards intermediate lifters or those who want to understand more about strength training. Click here for olympic weightlifting specific resources.
(Are you a complete novice? Remember that even the strongest people started off as complete beginners! /r/Fitness is a great place to get started)
Blogs or websites that cover many strength related topics.
Practical, evidence-based information and resources to help you get strong, jacked, and sexy from world record holder Greg Nuckols. Nuckols has a knack for breaking down and explaining difficult concepts in an understandable manner.
Navigate with the calendar on the left or use the search bar on the top right for specific topics. 70’s Big is a lifestyle espousing the pursuit of strength and proper nutrition for all. Lots of manly man stuff, but there are also excellent articles on training for women.
Plenty of knowledgable people in this subreddit, great AMAs, and Training Tuesday threads are often useful.
Good resource for news in the strength training world. Plenty of great interviews with elite athletes.
A fitness podcast centered around interviewing professional athletes and experts in Crossfit, powerlifting, strongman, weightlifting, and more.
Exercises / Programming
Descriptions and video of every exercise you never knew existed, indexed by bodypart or by muscle. Also has solid articles on other aspects of fitness.
The best tutorial I’ve seen on how to properly brace for a squat (and other movements)
A reliable, unbiased source of information on supplements of all kinds.
For anyone who wants to optimize their diet for performance and body composition I highly recommend watching this and maybe picking up The Renaissance Diet.
Sleep needs to be a priority for anyone who wants to perform well in the weightroom or in life.
Motivation / Philosophy
A wake-up call for those of us who spend untold hours in the gym without much progress.
This has nothing to do with lifting but you should read it anyway.
Mobility / Flexibility
Improving mobility will improve your lifting and your posture while reducing injury risk.
All Things Gym has compiled nicely organized list of mobility techniques, mostly from:
While Starrett uses unusual lingo and advocates for controversial form on a few lifts his mobility wod project and book have made it much easier for individuals to improve their mobility at home.