The (non)Futility of Resistance

Resistance training is the affecting of a static weighted object with (a) muscular force to elicit a positional change in that object and a corresponding positive muscular response. There are reasons for taking on a resistance training regimen. Resistance, in the forms of gravity and pressure, is continual and constant. The integrity of the body derives from overcoming resistance. Overcoming resistance develops functionality. Resistance training is typically viewed with some disdain as there is a presumed notion that the work entailed therein might be ‘too’ challenging. Nonetheless, one can forestall the speed of aging and increase the degree of functionality and capability with regard to daily activities.

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Let’s look at the constancy of forces (gravity and pressure) which are always in effect. They work contrary to the body remaining upright, having the capacity to move about, or lifting objects, including that selfsame body. Using resistance, as a catalyst, encourages bodily adaptations that improve posture. Strengthening the postural muscles is a key to mitigating the constant assault from gravity. Mobility can be enhanced through a program of  strengthening muscles in tandem with maintaining flexibility. Living in this 3D reality requires that objects be moved about and / or lifted; thus, the need to engage in (some type of) resistance training.

Bodily integrity, consequentially, derives from overcoming the imposition of physical challenges. The need for structural integrity is a demand placed on vegetation and (in)vertebrate organisms. Humans, especially, being upright bi-peds, are susceptible to loss of biomechanical functionality. The body develops in light of handling the constancy of gravity and pressure that are part of life. Laying down, getting up, pulling, pushing, lifting, lowering, twisting, walking, and combinations of these actions are those to which the body must effectively and efficiently adapt. This function of adapting is an ongoing process. Increasing the demands placed on this body, i. e. more resistance, moves the dial in the direction of improved integrity. 

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Functionality can be attributed to and assessed by setting goals. That is, reaching toward desired physical goals typically results in improved functionality. Which of these scenarios is more important . . . . a grandparent who is wanting to walk down the stairs to play with their waiting grandchild, an adolescent child wanting to improve their physique for any of sundry reasons, an athlete (high level or weekend warrior) needing or wanting to develop some aspect of the demands of their chosen activity. The only answer can be is that that each of these goals is important within the given context. Resistance training can be highly beneficial in each of these situations.   

Nearly any type of resistance training can of improve and increase overall functionality. Depending on the reason for choosing to engage in a resistance program, the selected modality will vary from person to person. Overcoming resistance is key for structural integrity of the body. The body is malleable; resistance training is a vehicle that effectively and beneficially capitalizes upon that quality. There are forces with which the individual must contend daily. These forces impact and influence the development of all things, animate and inanimate, in this 3D plane. Develop the body, develop the muscles, and improve functionality through the aegis of resistance training.     

One thought on “The (non)Futility of Resistance

  1. Hi,

    I must admit that this blog post was a little different to what I was expecting to read on your website, but still great nonetheless.

    Plus, I’m in total agreement about resistance training being used as a form of “functional training”.

    In fact, in my own workouts I tend to focus on the basic human movements patterns (squat, lunge, push, pull, twist, carry), while adding resistance in whatever form.

    Admittedly, my days of “lifting heavy” and “bro-split workouts” are behind me now, and in truth functional training is now my go-to.

    I can honestly say that this type of training definitely works for me, and it’s great to feel full of energy following a workout rather than not being able to move, LOL.

    Thanks again for a great read.


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