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Strength is now standardized but how much one person can move on a barbell in various different movements. However, it wasn’t always like this. A strong person used to be known by how much work they could do around the farm or while they are working. Strength used to be built from work ethic. The strongest individuals were the ones up at the break of dawn getting things done and staying active. Except now simply using a barbell is considered being strong. When it comes to boosting your self confidence with strength, there are many ways to go about doing this. 

Strength used to be built from work ethic. The strongest individuals were the ones up at the break of dawn getting things done and staying active. Except now simply using a barbell is considered being strong.

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Hypothetically, say the barbell was never invented and weight plates never came into existence. What would we as human beings do in order to take care of the inherent need to become strong? Because I am a true believer that human performance is a primal need. A need to be stronger than the next guy to simply survive, The need to be faster in order to escape a threat and keep boosting your self confidence. All of these things are natural for us to feel. But again we come back to reality. What are you going to do to get strong? Lift stones? Drag fallen trees?

Nature Strong

Well, I am here to say that this is what our ancestors did. Stone lifting is the oldest form of strong competition and for good reason.  Stones are nature’s barbells and weight plates. Yes, they are odd in shape but good luck finding a better form of functional training. The awkwardness of the stone makes you move in ways you wouldn’t have to use a bar.

Plenty of the strongest men to have ever lived got that way by doing whatever they needed to do to get strong. That is the real point of this article. Doing whatever it takes. Not everyone has access to fancy equipment and not everyone can afford to have a gym membership to a halfway decent gym. If strength is what your ultimate goal is then you shouldn’t allow anything to get in your way of achieving your goal.  Create your strong.

Create your strength is a call to action. To those who think they can not get strong without having access to all the prior mentioned equipment. Well, its time to think outside the box. Time to get strong using what we do have access to.

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JJ. Burns

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Strength and conditioning coach with a focus on developing young offensive line athletes. Developing all aspects of athletic performance from the physical to the mental. Helping them develop the habits to get them to the next level.

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