strength standards

It All Starts With The Deadlift

It All Starts With The Deadlift

These days, many athletes are familiar with the movements we most often associate with strength such as the Back Squat, Deadlift, Overhead Press, variations of the clean, etc. Let’s assume that we’re working with a new athlete is a relative novice to lifting.

To first assess a new athletes strength, I prefer the deadlift. Why? It’s such a simple movement - simply stand up with a barbell. Purists may cry out on the intricacies of the deadlift, but at the end of the day it’s just standing up with weight and a great measure of basic strength.

Setting Strength Standards

Setting Strength Standards

Strength requirements differ depending on the athlete's pursuit. The Police SWAT Officer needs to be stronger than the competitive Stand Up Paddleboarder. The collegiate football player needs to be stronger than the track and field high jumper. We can break this down so that athletes of all varieties have the appropriate standards to ensure sport specific success, not gym-based success.