Building Strength with the Barbell
Whether your goals are to improve your athleticism or to improve your body composition (lose fat and build lean muscle), getting stronger is an integral piece to reaching those goals. And one of the best tools to build strength is the barbell. It’s a safe, easy way to progress the difficulty each workout.
Think about the push up and the barbell floor press. Both movements are similar and both are awesome. However, sometimes push ups can be disheartening because it can take a long time to see progress there. The nice thing about the barbell floor press is that you can micro load the barbell using 1.25 # plates to progress your weight. Sure it’s slow, but you know you’re improving. Another great thing about the barbell is it’s great for improving your trunk stability and core strength. Studies have shown that the barbell back squat recruits more core musculature than traditional “core” exercises like crunches and sit ups.
There are a lot of nuances to using a barbell, so I would encourage you to attend our Barbell Techniques class this Saturday at 10:15 AM. This class is loaded with valuable tips to ensure you’re using the barbell safely and getting the most out of your workouts! We only offer it on occasion to sign up in the gym or let me know so we can be sure to reserve a spot for you!