Rodney McBride
M.S. CSCS CPT LMT
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What is Strength?


What is Strength?

Strength is fundamental to any motor (motion) operation of the body whether it be proper gait, movement in sports or even daily mobility. Why you ask? Because strength is absolutely reliant on how functional your Nervous System (NS) is performing. Lets define functional first before we move on to how you develop strength.

Functional is defined as how efficiently and effectively nerve stimulation is working in the body. Your Nervous System (NS) is composed of 3 divisions: The sensory input portion, the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the motor output portion. The proprioceptors of the sensory portion send environmental notification to the central nervous system which processes the incoming information and sends a signal to the motor nerve to carry out an action. This loop or electrical circuit has to be free of any obstruction (dysfunction) in all 3 segments if the NS is to be considered functional. Any dysfunction (structural, nutritional, emotional, electrical) can lead to a decrease in strength or no strength gain at all.

Dysfunctions within the NS should be checked and/or corrected with bodywork (PDTR, NKT) and muscle testing for nutritional deficiencys and then strengthened with functional training. Functional training is accomplished by incorporating four processes within the strength training program: Intermuscular coordinaiton, intramuscular coordination, facilitatory and inhibitory reflexes and motor learning.

Intermuscular coordination is the ability to contract all or several muscles at one time. 

Intramuscular coordination is the ability to contract one muscle independently.

Facilitatory and inhibitory reflexes are natural reflexes in the body that enhance strength by helping the muscle/s work more efficiently. For example, the positive support reaction (see blog October 7th) in the foot will make the deadlift and squat stronger if you perform these movements with no shoes. 

Motor learning is the ability to perform a movement consistently and smoothly over and over again.

So by incorporating all four components into a strength training program along with corrective bodywork and proper nutrition you in turn enhance the functionality of NS thereby increasing strength. And who couldn't use more strength.

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