by Darius Burrus
Performance Coach at Next Level
Strength training, or any kind of workout program done correctly, is always beneficial to your health. With athletes, strength training helps prevent injury, prepares your body for the demands of the game, and improves field or court performance. The stronger you are, the better you are.
If you’re an adult or non-athlete, strength training not only betters your lifestyle, it improves your quality of life and helps you live longer. Staying active is needed because as the saying goes, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” If you don’t work out and challenge your body your muscles atrophy, you gain fat and lose bone strength – who wants that? Beyond the obvious health benefit, strength training builds confidence in school, sports, work, and life.
With athletes, confidence is as essential as game skills. An athlete without confidence is like a racehorse without a jockey. I recently had an athlete that was fairly new to strength training and had little to no confidence in himself or towards beating their rival team. I asked him how his team was going to do this year and how they would do against their rivals. His response was, “not bad” for the season, but that they had “no chance” against their rivals.
Towards the end of our 10-week session, I asked again and what a difference in his response! This time he said they would be “pretty good” for the season, and that the rival game would be “competitive.” I didn’t need to ask why the change in perspective because I witnessed his confidence grow over those 10 weeks and it completely changed his attitude. Not only did he get stronger, but as he got stronger, he became more confident in himself and his abilities. Imagine the impact he can have on his teammates that had his previous opinion of the season!
Kids that aren’t participating in sports needs confidence, too. Whether it’s in the classroom, talking to a person they like, applying for a job, or simply walking down the hall at school – confidence is key. There is just something about getting stronger that makes you more confident in yourself and your ability to take on the world.
There’s no doubt that for adults confidence is essential in the workplace and in social settings. Beyond that, adults want to take on new experiences in life but lack the confidence to put one foot in front of the other and get started. I have dozens of adult clients that were new to strength training and it changed their lives. They came in looking to “get in shape,” or lose weight, but as they began achieving those goals through strength training they had a newfound confidence in themselves. Those clients would never think to do Spartan Races, Tough Mudder Races, climb mountains or even do a local 5k without strength training.
If you could use some confidence building or think confidence is important to have in life, then my advice to you is to strength train. Get after it and build that confidence!