The Definition of Strength Training is…

Once you know the definition of strength training you can start making progress in it. After all, you need to know your goal before you accomplish it. So, what is strength training?

Weight training is one of the best methods of strength training! If you want to start weight training safely and effectively, with the best info, diet, and routines, check out the 5 Day Beginner Weight Training Course!

Strength training is any practice or exercise designed specifically to increase strength. So, any practice that makes it easier for you to work with things that are heavier is strength training. It’s that simple.

Encyclopedia Definitions...


The Oxford Encyclopedia Online talks about the various aspects of strength training and various exercises that produce strength, and you can go here if you want to read their definition of strength training (this will take you outside this site). It’s a bit long winded, but contains some good info.

Other books and resources online have their own idea of strength training tailored to what they are selling or promoting. But the truth is simple. Lift heavy objects and when you can lift them easier, lift something even heavier.

You can lift weights at a gym, do push-ups, or (of you’re pressed for space and time like me) do chin-ups on the shower bar in your dorm with a backpack on. All of these practices strengthen you. Just make sure that your shower bar is stable before attempting to use it as exercise equipment... learn from my mistakes!

Also, you have to be working on constantly increasing your strength. The list below shows how once you begin strength training you should design your exercise repetitions, the number of times you perform an exercise movement.

You need to keep working with heavier and heavier loads to continue to increase your strength. If not, you're just increasing your endurance with the weight you can already lift.


Repetitions for Weight Lifting

  • 1-5 Strength (Increase your ability to lift more weight)
  • 6-12 Hypertrophy (Increase muscle size)
  • 12-15+ Endurance (Do more repetitions of the exercise easier)


This is the basic definition of strength training. It’s pretty simple, the trick is just to keep doing it and lifting heavier and heavier weights. Then you get really strong.

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