Five Questions About Strength.

Understanding what strength is and the positive effects it has on your
body is an important factor in leading a healthy life.

 

What is strength?

Strength is the ability to contract a muscle against a resistance i.e the ability to produce muscle tension. A resistance can be lifted (dynamic strength), held (static strength) or dropped in a measured manner (eccentric strength). In daily life, these actions are not carried out in isolation but rather as a combination.

Does a muscle constantly produce the same strength?

A muscle cannot produce constant strength during any given movement. Muscle tension fluctuates depending on a joint’s expansion or contraction. Most people have a strength deficit in the final phase of the contraction. Strength can be tested to pick out isolated incidents. These results can then be displayed on a strength curve.

Is there more than one type of strength?

In theory there is only one type of strength: maximum strength. Nonetheless, in the theory of training, three main distinctions are made: maximum strength, explosive strength and strength endurance. Explosive strength is the ability to develop strength as quickly as possible. Strength endurance is the ability to hold a heavier load for an elongated period. Both types are reliant on maximum strength.

What is maximum strength?

Maximum strength is the highest tension that a muscle can generate once it is facing a resistance. To gather measurements for scientific and medical purposes, a static test of maximum strength has to be carried out. Exercising on Kieser’s Lumbar Extensor (LE) Machine measures the maximum strength of the deep back extensor muscles in seven various positions. This produces a strength curve that exposes muscles that are delicate. As a result, “actual” and “ideal” strength levels can be measured.

Is the strength limit the same?

No. If you train, maximum strength can be increased. The strength limit is your personal limit. Here, genetic factors play a part. If the load is increased regularly, maximum strength shall continue to increase. Once your final strength has been reached, limited training is required to maintain the level of strength. Training improves the interaction of individual muscles and the interaction of individual fibres inside the muscles.

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