Earning True Strength

The strongest person I’ve ever met, Rob Orlando, said simply, “Real strength takes a lifetime.” I mean, that’s the nature of the beast. Conditioning comes and goes. In a few weeks or months, one can condition themselves into their best cardiovascular fitness. Just as quickly as it comes, however, it goes. Two weeks without training your wind can leave you back to square one on your first workout back.

Strength, on the other hand, doesn’t come so quick, not at least without the use of drugs. Sure, in the beginning students may experience 50lb PRs and monumental feats of strength gains that are a combination of building true strength, improving the neurological firing required to do the work, and acquiring the skills to do so. True strength gains are slow. You’ve got to pay for them with nutrition, training, diligence, and a whole lot of effort. Luckily, unlike conditioning, strength stays around for a while. You could stay a country mile away from the nearest barbell for two weeks and come back a match a PR.

Why am I telling you this?

Firstly, I want you to understand what you’re in for. If you’re going on a trip, you ought to pack accordingly and since you now know this isn’t a short jaunt, maybe you can get your mental baggage together to support the ride. Secondly, if you’re desiring more strength (which should be every one of you) don’t get discouraged. You aren’t broken, wrong, or useless. This stuff just takes time.


Logan Gelbrich


Friday’s Workout:

Complete the following for time:

100 Goblet Squats (53/35)


**Every minute on the minute perform 5 burpees