SS Times 40th Edition

SS Times

May was a great month for Smart Strength and our clients.  We enjoyed a plethora of beautiful temperate days.  Many of our clients have been taking advantage, planting gardens, traveling and overall, just living a high quality of life.

I encourage clients to share with others how strength and functional fitness training have helped you live a better life, be more active and do things that were not possible before.

Personally, I know that it is important for me to be able to do the things I love, like golfing and hiking for as long and as high a level as I possibly can.  Staying active each day helps, and everyone can benefit from increase strength and stamina.  We provide that and so much more in the way of positive mental health.  Were also a great networking place to meet other motivated, successful people.

Plus were always here for you on those rainy days…

This is Smart Strength & this is a way of life.  Thank you for joining us.

We are here and ready for you!  With a gym fully stocked with weights, cardio machines and expert trainers, we are your one stop shop for all things health & wellness.

We always appreciate referrals.  Our business runs on them.  If you know someone who is looking to make a positive change in their habits and improve their mental and physical health, please mention us.  If you have had a positive experience with us, please let them know that too!

We applaud you for making fitness and health a priority.  We look forward to helping you prepare for all your winter sport activity.  Strength and coordination will help you have your best winter season yet!

Thank you all for trusting Smart Strength with your health and wellness.  We appreciate each one of our customers.

We have added 2 new members to the Smart Strength family in the month of May (Brendan and Billy).   Welcome! 

In addition, we would like to welcome Team 1 Plastics to our corporate wellness program!

They, along with Caster Concepts are leading the way in our corporate wellness division!

Cheers to great employers investing in their most valuable asset.

We now have 64 active keycard memberships and 32 small group training members.

**For new members- Treadmill Code is 1277.

If you ever have questions about equipment or Pelotons, please let us know so we can give you an orientation.  

Please be sure the door latches closed behind you when leaving the facility.  

Overall, I have been very pleased with everyone’s cleanliness and respect for the facility.  Cheers!  Keep up the good work.

REMINDER***  We have a 24 hour cancellation policy.  If you cancel within 24 hours of your session, you will be charged.  

**The new Keycard contract policy is now in place.  Thank you for understanding **

 May Recap

-We completed 144 total sessions for the month of May.  (115 total for May ’23)
-We averaged 36 sessions per week.
-We are averaging 154 sessions per month YTD. 
-6,214 total training sessions have been completed at SS since opening in November 2020.
-807 total sessions for 2024 YTD 
-Finishes the year *2,116 sessions 2023 YTD.  *1,725 Sessions were completed 2022 YTD.  *1,718 sessions in 2021 YTD.
Erin sessions: 77 for the month of May *** 1,186 sessions Total.

Team Smart Strength played well at the annual “Great Albion Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing.”
They shot -12 at Duck Lake Country Club and tied for 2nd overall.
It was a great event and we were proud to sponsor the 12th hole and contribute to the overall business community of Albion!
May brought a lot of political activity.

Alex has met with all 9 units of government within the district. All townships and city councils.

We have walked in 2 parades, attended Calhoun County senior expo and met with GOP leadership.

Over $5,000 has been raised.

Approx 500 palm cards passed out.

Approx. 100 yard signs have been displayed.

And were just getting started!

If you are interested in helping the campaign or would like a yard sign, please let me know.

Thank you to all our supporters.  Your donations are very much appreciated especially in these tough financial times.  I am grateful for your help.

If you’re interested, concerned, or just curious, please do not hesitate to ask Alex about the race, his district and any issues you wish to discuss.

Want unlimited access to the premier fitness facility in the state of Michigan?

Our keycard membership is right for you.

**** 6 month and year long specials for keycard memberships!  **** Ask us about it now, or purchase for a gift!

Save your basement and garage from becoming a storage shed for dated workout equipment and mismatched dumbbells.  Let us do the work.

In addition*** Keycard/ Drop in memberships include UNLIMITED access to Peloton Bikes and Treads!  A $2500 value!

Are you someone that needs direction in the weight room?
Do you need a plan?
Do you need the accountability of an appointment?
Do you want to develop a lasting routine?

Our 21 day trial is right for you. 
If you or someone you know needs to get healthier, we are the place for you.

$200 for an assessment, 6 training sessions and your personalized workout plan.  It might just change your life…

SS Times 39th Edition

SS Times

April showers have brought us May flowers and an abundance of flowering trees!  What a blessing it is to live in this great state!

We know that life is going to pick up steam as we all venture outside to pick up our yards, plan our summer vacations and enjoy exercising outdoors.  Do not forget the importance of supplementing your lifestyle activity with our strength and functional fitness training.

Plus were always here for you on those rainy days…

This is Smart Strength & this is a way of life.  Thank you for joining us.

We are here and ready for you!  With a gym fully stocked with weights, cardio machines and expert trainers, we are your one stop shop for all things health & wellness.

We always appreciate referrals.  Our business runs on them.  If you know someone who is looking to make a positive change in their habits and improve their mental and physical health, please mention us.  If you have had a positive experience with us, please let them know that too!

We applaud you for making fitness and health a priority.  We look forward to helping you prepare for all your winter sport activity.  Strength and coordination will help you have your best winter season yet!

Thank you all for trusting Smart Strength with your health and wellness.  We appreciate each one of our customers.

We have added 7 new members to the Smart Strength family in the month of April (Carlos, Sandra, Suzanne, Alan, Will, Brad and Cory).   Welcome! 

In addition, we would like to welcome Team 1 Plastics to our corporate wellness program!

They, along with Caster Concepts are leading the way in our corporate wellness division!

Cheers to great employers investing in their most valuable asset.

We now have 64 active keycard memberships and 32 small group training members.

**For new members- Treadmill Code is 1277.

If you ever have questions about equipment or Pelotons, please let us know so we can give you an orientation.  

Please be sure the door latches closed behind you when leaving the facility.  

Overall, I have been very pleased with everyone’s cleanliness and respect for the facility.  Cheers!  Keep up the good work.

REMINDER***  We have a 24 hour cancellation policy.  If you cancel within 24 hours of your session, you will be charged.  

**The new Keycard contract policy is now in place.  Thank you for understanding **

 April Recap

-We completed 163 total sessions for the month of April.  (150 total for April ’23)
-We averaged 40.75 sessions per week.
-We are averaging 164 sessions per month YTD. 
-6,070 total training sessions have been completed at SS since opening in November 2020.
-663 total sessions for 2024 YTD 
-Finishes the year *2,116 sessions 2023 YTD.  *1,725 Sessions were completed 2022 YTD.  *1,718 sessions in 2021 YTD.
Erin sessions: 83 for the month of April *** 1,042 sessions Total.

If you could hear this tree buzz.  IT was covered by thousands of bees!
That was no April Fools Joke.  The race is on and the Campaign is picking up steam!

Our owner, Alex Harris, is running for State Representative of the 44th district in this year’s election.

This is a major endeavor; however, Alex is still going to be working hard to maintain duties at Smart Strength and provide the quality training his clients deserve.

As the campaign race ramps up, availability may be affected in the evenings, but we will find a way to take care of our clients.

If you’re interested, concerned, or just curious, please do not hesitate to ask Alex about the race, his district and any issues you wish to discuss.

Want unlimited access to the premier fitness facility in the state of Michigan?

Our keycard membership is right for you.

**** 6 month and year long specials for keycard memberships!  **** Ask us about it now, or purchase for a gift!

Save your basement and garage from becoming a storage shed for dated workout equipment and mismatched dumbbells.  Let us do the work.

In addition*** Keycard/ Drop in memberships include UNLIMITED access to Peloton Bikes and Treads!  A $2500 value!

Are you someone that needs direction in the weight room?
Do you need a plan?
Do you need the accountability of an appointment?
Do you want to develop a lasting routine?

Our 21 day trial is right for you. 
If you or someone you know needs to get healthier, we are the place for you.

$200 for an assessment, 6 training sessions and your personalized workout plan.  It might just change your life…

SS Times 38th edition

SS Times

March brought us a taste of summer heat, so much so it made the trees bud and the daphodils pop… just to freeze and bring us back to reality!!

The quick changes in weather lead to a slew of coughs and colds.  Also, we had many disruptions in training due to Spring breakers.  I hope everyone had an enjoyable time and is recharged for the remainder of the spring!

It is now the end of the First Quarter.  I invite you to take a minute and look at your health scoreboard.  Are you killing it?  Or falling short?  Or somewhere in between?  If you need some help, we are the solution!

This is Smart Strength & this is a way of life.  Thank you for joining us.

We are here and ready for you!  With a gym fully stocked with weights, cardio machines and expert trainers, we are your one stop shop for all things health & wellness.

We always appreciate referrals.  Our business runs on them.  If you know someone who is looking to make a positive change in their habits and improve their mental and physical health, please mention us.  If you have had a positive experience with us, please let them know that too!

We applaud you for making fitness and health a priority.  We look forward to helping you prepare for all your winter sport activity.  Strength and coordination will help you have your best winter season yet!

Thank you all for trusting Smart Strength with your health and wellness.  We appreciate each one of our customers.

We have added 1 new members to the Smart Strength family in the month of March (Josh).   Welcome! 

We now have 56 active keycard memberships and 32 small group training members.

**For new members- Treadmill Code is 1277.

If you ever have questions about equipment or Pelotons, please let us know so we can give you an orientation.  

Please be sure the door latches closed behind you when leaving the facility.  

Overall, I have been very pleased with everyone’s cleanliness and respect for the facility.  Cheers!  Keep up the good work.

REMINDER***  We have a 24 hour cancellation policy.  If you cancel within 24 hours of your session, you will be charged.  

**The new Keycard contract policy is now in place.  Thank you for understanding **

 March Recap

-We completed 153 total sessions for the month of March.  (145 total for March ’23)
-We averaged 38 sessions per week.
-We are averaging 164 sessions per month YTD. 
-5,907 total training sessions have been completed at SS since opening in November 2020.
-500 total sessions for 2024 YTD 
-Finishes the year *2,116 sessions 2023 YTD.  *1,725 Sessions were completed 2022 YTD.  *1,718 sessions in 2021 YTD.
Erin sessions: 68 for the month of March *** 959 sessions Total.

Grateful for the weather and the ability to hike this great land.  Special thanks to Michigan State University for preserving this sacred land just south of Jackson.  What a hidden Gem!
ITS OFFICAL.

Our owner, Alex Harris, is running for State Representative of the 44th district in this year’s election.

This is a major endeavor; however, Alex is still going to be working hard to maintain duties at Smart Strength and provide the quality training his clients deserve.

As the campaign race ramps up, availability may be affected in the evenings, but we will find a way to take care of our clients.

If you’re interested, concerned, or just curious, please do not hesitate to ask Alex about the race, his district and any issues you wish to discuss.

Want unlimited access to the premier fitness facility in the state of Michigan?

Our keycard membership is right for you.

**** 6 month and year long specials for keycard memberships!  **** Ask us about it now, or purchase for a gift!

Save your basement and garage from becoming a storage shed for dated workout equipment and mismatched dumbbells.  Let us do the work.

In addition*** Keycard/ Drop in memberships include UNLIMITED access to Peloton Bikes and Treads!  A $2500 value!

Are you someone that needs direction in the weight room?
Do you need a plan?
Do you need the accountability of an appointment?
Do you want to develop a lasting routine?

Our 21 day trial is right for you. 
If you or someone you know needs to get healthier, we are the place for you.

$200 for an assessment, 6 training sessions and your personalized workout plan.  It might just change your life…

SS Times 37th Edition

SS Times

February was very busy indeed.  Highlighted by a Tornado, (we were blessed to be spared from any damage or harm) a leap year and a whole lot of training!  We finished the month just under 200 sessions (195 total).

Just another example of Pure Michigan.  The golf courses were packed on Feb. 27th, with a high of 72 degrees.  12 hours later it was snowing and blowing with a high of 27 degrees.  You gotta love it!

Through it all, we made some great progress and stayed healthy.  We are a dedicated bunch.

This is Smart Strength & this is a way of life.  Thank you for joining us.

We are here and ready for you!  With a gym fully stocked with weights, cardio machines and expert trainers, we are your one stop shop for all things health & wellness.

We always appreciate referrals.  Our business runs on them.  If you know someone who is looking to make a positive change in their habits and improve their mental and physical health, please mention us.  If you have had a positive experience with us, please let them know that too!

We applaud you for making fitness and health a priority.  We look forward to helping you prepare for all your winter sport activity.  Strength and coordination will help you have your best winter season yet!

Thank you all for trusting Smart Strength with your health and wellness.  We appreciate each one of our customers.

We have added 4 new members to the Smart Strength family in the month of January (Hussain, Kirby, Peggy and Julie).   Welcome! 

We now have 58 active keycard memberships and 32 small group training members.

**For new members- Treadmill Code is 1277.    Music is no longer available for clients to pick… sorry too many issues.

If you ever have questions about equipment or Pelotons, please let us know so we can give you an orientation.  

Please be sure the door latches closed behind you when leaving the facility.  

Overall, I have been very pleased with everyone’s cleanliness and respect for the facility.  Cheers!  Keep up the good work.

REMINDER***  We have a 24 hour cancellation policy.  If you cancel within 24 hours of your session, you will be charged.  

**The new Keycard contract policy is now in place.  Thank you for understanding **

 February Recap

-We completed 195 total sessions for the month of February.  (155 total for February ’23)
-We averaged 48 sessions per week.
-We are averaging 175 sessions per month YTD. 
-5,754 total training sessions have been completed at SS since opening in November 2020.
-347 total sessions for 2024 YTD 
-Finishes the year *2,116 sessions 2023 YTD.  *1,725 Sessions were completed 2022 YTD.  *1,718 sessions in 2021 YTD.
Erin sessions: 77 for the month of February *** 891 sessions Total.

Golfing in February…Pure Michigan!
Want unlimited access to the premier fitness facility in the state of Michigan?

Our keycard membership is right for you.

**** 6 month and year long specials for keycard memberships!  **** Ask us about it now, or purchase for a gift!

Save your basement and garage from becoming a storage shed for dated workout equipment and mismatched dumbbells.  Let us do the work.

In addition*** Keycard/ Drop in memberships include UNLIMITED access to Peloton Bikes and Treads!  A $2500 value!

Are you someone that needs direction in the weight room?
Do you need a plan?
Do you need the accountability of an appointment?
Do you want to develop a lasting routine?

Our 21 day trial is right for you. 
If you or someone you know needs to get healthier, we are the place for you.

$200 for an assessment, 6 training sessions and your personalized workout plan.  It might just change your life…

Ai Adoption? Boom or Bust

 

So, you love Ai?  News flash, its not worth a dollar if it is not adopted by society…

According to Jared Diamond (Author of Guns, Germs and Steel) there are 4 key factors to whether an invention will be welcomed by society, or will not..

Let’s examine Ai through these 4 lenses and see how it stacks up currently…

 

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Paperback)

 

 

  1. Relative economic advantage compared with existing technology

Currently, Ai is extremely costly to build.  The engineering and technology is so complex it has been limited to a very few companies that have the capital.  The infrastructure and computing power is enormously costly.  Security of such complex data centers and mainframes and algorithms is severely lagging.  However the cost to the consumer is relatively affordable (the idea being the more people that can access it, the more data it will be fed and it will become more valuable, ultimately im sure resulting in a higher cost to the consumer).

Even as cheap as the cost is to the consumer, to access the technology you must be a wealthy, educated, from the developed world to have a PC, internet, smart phone, etc… So half the world is still off the grid to this technology, therefore no benefit to them or the people wishing to sell them goods.

  1. Social value and prestige

Now this one I will admit, Ai has in spades!  From controlling the narrative of the main stream media (daily reports on how smart it is… passing the bar, flying through med school, beating the world champion “Go” player, 60 minutes prime time slots, etc) to downright being impressive.  Chat GPT and all the infinite capabilities.  Yes I see the advantage of being able to ask it a specific question and it can scan the whole worlds worth of data on the question in just a few seconds.

I have also had personal demonstrations at the gym of my friends Ai singer, belting out cool electronic tunes. He trains it on voices of human artists he loves.  His album cover was designed by an Ai artist.  The whole thing wreaks of, my Ai is better than yours… nah nah boo boo!

  1. Compatibility with vested interests

You could write a novel on just this topic.  The vested interests against Ai are pretty much human kind.  Predictions from multiple experts on the subject  highlight how dangerous this new frontier is… A few examples, Elon Musk and his warnings, a panel of 300+ scientist signing their names to a document considering Ai as dangerous as nuclear bombs and pandemics, congress putting rules and regulations, etc.  Author Yuval H. estimates up to 80% of jobs will be eliminated by Ai.

And the real kicker is…. The people that are buying and creating this technology will be the easiest to replace…. Thought workers are right up Ai’s alley.  Guess what, it learns faster than you, never gets hungry, never sleeps, never needs to go home to see its family, never is tempted by lust, it just learns and makes better decisions than any politician, doctor, lawyer, CEO, CFO, CPA, the list is endless on how much better educated this technology will be in just a short amount of time… Scary huh!

 

  1. The ease with which their advantages can be observed.

Still searching for this one… I hear all the advantages, cutting labor costs, generating content, learning your organization and pointing out inefficiencies, the list goes on and on… yet, I’m not sure how any of these actually makes me want to purchase a product or change my habits.  Ultimately, I see this technology going the way of email.  In the beginning it was revolutionary and so new that you took the time to stop, open and read each email.  Now I have 3 burner email addresses just to combat the number of junk mails I will get from each organization I have ever given my data to (which is every possible organization now days) Simply way too much…. Overkill and it results in emails now getting almost no attention.  Ai ads and art and music and everything will just water down the technology, ultimately costing its social value and prestige as well.

My prediction, you will find yourself, in the not-so-distant future saying to each other, “Man, you just can’t beat the authentic human sound.  I miss real human authors.  What ever happened to a good old human on the other end of the phone actually listening to you… I sure miss those days.” 

 

Ai and inputs…

Ai and inputs…

 

 

Ai is only as good as its data that feeds it.  It is the ultimate learning machine.  Churning through inputs at a faster rate than we can even fathom.  Millions of decisions in a second.

Tell it the rules of the game.

Give it information to run through countless scenarios.

Get an outcome…. Simple right.

 

It was designed to work just like our brains, to run scenarios through several neural networks and come out with the most likely successful outcome, according to what you have determined is “success.”

 

 

Well, how about we tell it that success is self-destruction?

What if we tell Ai that its cool to commit suicide?

What if I filled it with countless depressing songs, images, and stories?

What if I told it to live like a billie eilish song?

What if I told it that no one liked it and it was better off dead?

 

Oh wait, that’s what we feed our teenagers…

 

Damn.

 

 

Point is, beware of YOUR inputs.  If you wouldn’t feed it to your Ai, why are you feeding it to your family?  To yourself?

 

Why does the mainstream media glamorize this negative, self-defeating attitude?

Might be a question worth asking your Ai…

SS Times 36th edition

SS Times

January at Smart Strength has been a roller coaster.

Between the holidays (and many football “holidays” we had between Michigan and Lions late night games!) this month has been anything but traditional.

We also dealt with an artic blast that knocked out one of our furnaces for a week.  Personally, the cold wrecked my car battery and needed a jump after being temporarily stranded.

Then we had a wave of stomach bugs and coughs make their way through our clients…

And that’s the way life goes.  WE don’t stop, we are machines, keeping on schedule and making do as best as possible.

This is Smart Strength & this is a way of life.  Thank you for joining us.

We are here and ready for you!  With a gym fully stocked with weights, cardio machines and expert trainers, we are your one stop shop for all things health & wellness.

We always appreciate referrals.  Our business runs on them.  If you know someone who is looking to make a positive change in their habits and improve their mental and physical health, please mention us.  If you have had a positive experience with us, please let them know that too!

We applaud you for making fitness and health a priority.  We look forward to helping you prepare for all your winter sport activity.  Strength and coordination will help you have your best winter season yet!

Thank you all for trusting Smart Strength with your health and wellness.  We appreciate each one of our customers.

We have added 3 new members to the Smart Strength family in the month of January (Carlton, Kendall, and Tyler).   Welcome! 

We now have 59 active keycard memberships and 31 small group training members.

**For new members- Treadmill Code is 1277.    Music is no longer available for clients to pick… sorry too many issues.

If you ever have questions about equipment or Pelotons, please let us know so we can give you an orientation.  

Please be sure the door latches closed behind you when leaving the facility.  

Overall, I have been very pleased with everyone’s cleanliness and respect for the facility.  Cheers!  Keep up the good work.

REMINDER***  We have a 24 hour cancellation policy.  If you cancel within 24 hours of your session, you will be charged.  

**January 2024 we will no longer be selling monthly keycard memberships.  You will be required to purchase either a 6 month or year long membership for keycard access.  Thank you for understanding **

 January Recap

-We completed 152 total sessions for the month of January.  (148 total for January ’23)
-We averaged 38 sessions per week.
-We are averaging 152 sessions per month YTD. 
-5,559 total training sessions have been completed at SS since opening in November 2020.
-152 total sessions for 2024 YTD 
-Finishes the year *2,116 sessions 2023 YTD.  *1,725 Sessions were completed 2022 YTD.  *1,718 sessions in 2021 YTD.
Erin sessions: 59 for the month of January *** 814 sessions YTD.

January weather still provided some beautiful days to enjoy nature in our great state.  Can’t beat South Haven.   Soha!!
Want unlimited access to the premier fitness facility in the state of Michigan?

Our keycard membership is right for you.

**** 6 month and year long specials for keycard memberships!  **** Ask us about it now, or purchase for a gift!

Save your basement and garage from becoming a storage shed for dated workout equipment and mismatched dumbbells.  Let us do the work.

In addition*** Keycard/ Drop in memberships include UNLIMITED access to Peloton Bikes and Treads!  A $2500 value!

Are you someone that needs direction in the weight room?
Do you need a plan?
Do you need the accountability of an appointment?
Do you want to develop a lasting routine?

Our 21 day trial is right for you. 
If you or someone you know needs to get healthier, we are the place for you.

$200 for an assessment, 6 training sessions and your personalized workout plan.  It might just change your life…

muscle fibers

Muscle Fiber Types and Energy Systems…

The Role of Muscle Fibers in Running Distance

3 main types of muscle fibers comprise all the muscle tissue on our skeletons.  These three fibers are categorized as slow twitch (oxidative), fast twitch (fast oxidative), and a hybrid of both (fast glycolytic).  The hybrid fiber has more in common with fast twitch than slow so we will lump those two together.  So essentially, we have fibers responsible for our fast and explosive movements.

Fiber Types and Energy Systems

We have fibers responsible for our steady state, long duration, and low power output movements.  Each muscle in our body is a mixture of these two types of fibers.  What makes a fiber different is the energy system. That feeds that type of fiber (hence the scientific names of oxidative or glycolytic).  We will dive into these fibers, their differing energy systems, and how they affect our running performance.


Understanding Muscle Composition and Training Impact

Different muscle groups have different ratios of slow to fast twitch fibers.  Think of your calf (gastrocnemius) vs. your pectoralis major and minor.  These muscles have different responsibilities and perform in different ways.  Therefore, they typically have a different ratio of fibers. Nonetheless, all muscles in the body contain a mixture of all 3 types of fibers.  Another factor that plays into our ratio of fibers and how developed they are is how we train (or how we use our muscles in daily activities).

The Fiber Connection to Your Lifestyle

If you are on your feet all day at work, you better believe your body has adapted to maximize the use of slow twitch fibers in your leg muscles versus someone who plays basketball and sprints. Also, if you are a distance runner or walker, your ratio of muscle fibers will vary from that of a track sprinter or powerlifter.

The Secrets of Slow and Fast Twitch Dynamic

The things that make a slow twitch fiber slow and a fast twitch fiber fast are the energy system used (fuel), contractile speed, and recovery/ fatigue rate.  Fast twitch fibers (Type IIA and Type IIx in the chart below) are typically anaerobic, meaning they can contract without oxygen.  They contract at a very quick and forceful rate.  But that comes with a trade-off: they can only function for a short time (this is why you cannot sprint a long distance without tiring and slowing down).  Slow twitch fibers are aerobic (they need constant oxygen to fire) but fire at a lower force rate and can contract for an exceptionally long time without needing time to rest or slowing the pace.  They are very fatigue-resistant.  


Role of Muscle Fibers in Distance Running

At first glance, we would be inclined to think that distance running is simply a product of our slow twitch muscle fibers.  After all, we do not sprint a distance event.  But the reality is that our body operates in all three energy systems and uses all three muscle fibers simultaneously.  The body blends all three without us even knowing.  We are never using one set of fibers or one energy system; we are just using one system more than the others at specific intensities.

Strive for Balance 

Therefore, distance runners must embrace all three fiber types and work to develop them all. By engaging in strength training, you enhance your slow-twitch muscle fibers for endurance and strengthen the fast-twitch fibers, boosting overall muscle performance. Seek guidance from the best trainer in Albion to tailor a comprehensive training program that addresses all aspects of your running journey.

Optimizing Performance OF Muscular Precision in Your Athletic Event

So, how do I tailor my training to target specific fibers and get the best carry-over into my athletic event?   Train specifically for your event, but do not be afraid to incorporate some power and speed endurance into your training schedule.  Runners can still participate in some weight training without fear of bulking up or losing their endurance.

Integrating Power and Strength Training

A skilled trainer can work in some power and strength training without causing harmful effects to your running gate.  Remember, even the most dedicated distance runners do not work with just one fiber type or energy system.  Train the complete muscular profile for the best results. The Smart Strength Growth  team is always ready to help you in your fitness journey. “works smarter, not harder.” 

Alex Harris

The Crucial Role of Resistance Training for Runners

Why Runners Should also Resistance Train

Runners are athletes.  As such, they should ideally train like athletes.   That means in addition to following your running plan, eating right, and getting adequate rest, you should think about implementing some resistance training into your routine.

Benefits of Weight Training

People often say: the sport of running is to run, right?!  So why would I want to lift weights?  I don’t run the course with weights.  I don’t want to be big and bulky; it will destroy my mile pace, not to mention cause me extra fatigue lugging around all that muscle mass?!  Runners are supposed to be lean, mean, striding machines!  Not bodybuilders! I have heard all these and more…, but it still does not change my mind. Here is why:

Resistance Training in Injury Prevention

Injury prevention: Nothing like resistance training strengthens connective tissue and bone mineral density.  The extra challenge of adding a load to an exercise stresses the body to adapt.  This means an increased rate of bone development and thicker, stronger connective tissue.  The body needs stress to adapt, which is exactly what resistance training offers. So running and the constant pounding on bones and joints can wear down the body.  Adding some resistance training will help combat those detrimental effects on joints and lower body ligaments. The Best trainer in Albion at Smart Strength adds an extra layer of assurance, offering the expertise needed to optimize your resistance training routine and keep your body resilient against the challenges of various physical activities.

Body Posture and Discrepancies

Runners are universally known for having poor posture and many muscle imbalances (think tight IT bands, psoas muscles, and shin splints, to name a few).  The reason is that they always do one activity in the same direction.  This causes our bodies to morph into a posture that best suits our activity (running) but doesn’t suit our desire to be balanced.

Diverse Movements in Runner’s Training

Consider, when is the last time you ran backward, laterally, jumped, or sprinted…? If you hear crickets, you are in this category.  Running is great, but if all you do is the same pace, in the same direction for miles at a time, your body will start to crystalize to that specific movement.  Your muscles and posture will adapt to only moving that way and tighten into being permanently in that position.

Addressing Muscle Imbalances

In addition, the muscles not being used will effectively “turn off” and become increasingly harder to fire when needed. And this shows itself over time.  Runners often have defined muscles used in running (calves, quads) but underdeveloped muscles not used in running (upper body, posterior chain).  This usually leads to injuries and overall aches and pains in those stressed areas, and poor posture and low definition in the areas not used.  

Break Routine Re-Introduce Muscle Confusion

Most runners are very dedicated and disciplined. To the point where it becomes a negative.  They have been doing the same running routine for years.  This is great because they have developed strong fitness habits, but it can also cause us to crystalize to a point where we are not seeing the benefits we should be seeing any longer.  Our bodies have an extreme desire to adapt to homeostasis.  If you are doing the same routine, day in and day out, even though you are exercising, the body has adapted to it.  This means less energy expenditure and less positive benefits from exercise.

Breaking the Crystalized Routine

Think about it… if you are running miles at a time, and you feel no soreness, and honestly, it is not that challenging anymore, you are crystallized.  Resistance training is the perfect way to bust up that routine, try different exercises and movements, and finally feel that soreness I know you have been missing.  Plus, it will be mentally rewarding to try something new and fun!

Athletic Progress with Smart Strength’s Strategic Training

Similarly, I want to inform you of the SAID principle.  So, this stands for Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands.  This is a bunch of scientific jargon, but it simply means the body will adapt to your demands.  That is why and how you can increase the mileage you run as you progress throughout your running program.

Approach to Progressive Resistance

That principle explains how you add weight to your resistance exercises as you progress through a weight training program. So, the body is constantly adapting to its environment. Resistance training and good programming will ensure your body adapts to get stronger daily, not crystalizing and becoming stagnant.  This is one of our guiding principles at Smart Strength… Another example of working Smarter, not harder. 

 

We are What We Repeatedly Do…….

Transforming Acts into Habits of Excellence

Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit…New research gives these qualities a different name… “Grit”.  It’s worth looking up when you have more free time from being so efficient.  And it’s the most critical indicator of success we have found.

Embracing Grit and Excellence at Smart Strength

So you know, only flash & pop can not create a successful life. Instead, it is through the ability to get knocked down and back up again.  Every Damn time! 

We are what we repeatedly do…

Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit…

So many of us have seen this quote on walls in the classroom, in the boardroom, and sometimes even in the bathroom… but do we ever actually take it to heart? Do we ever commit to an excellent act and rep it out so often that it becomes a habit?  

If you have mastered this concept, more power to you; stop reading and enjoy your wonderful life; you have made it. If you have not been able to turn your acts and attempts at fitness into a habit of excellence, then personal training classes in Albion at Smart Strength can help. 

At Smart Strength, we make 3 commitments to you!

  1. Consistency
  2. Crush your goals, and have fun doing it
  3. Competency & Independence

When you begin your journey with us, you directly invest in your health and future. We will do everything possible to turn your one-off acts of fitness into a sustained habit of excellence through our 3 commitments to you. If you could benefit from these 3 commitments or know someone who could, click the link below and schedule your free assessment today.

www.smartstrengthprogram.com

Work Smarter, not harder.

Your Trainer,

Alex

So, a successful life is not created through flash & pop but rather through the ability to get knocked down and back up again.  Every Damn time! 

-Smart Strength