Strength Training and Body Structure

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3. Strength Training and Body Structure

Here's a very interesting response to our
question about the best measure of strength:

"I think the best measure of strength is
whatever works beast for YOU and your
body structure. Whatever exercise gives
YOU your strongest body.

Some people are built for deadlifting, some
for squatting.

Same for bench press vs. military press.

If you do what fits YOU and what YOU enjoy,
you will be far stronger than doing the moves
that don't work for you and that you don't like.

Just because someone else said it is better
doesn't mean it is better for YOU!"

Jeremy M.

I wanted to share that with you, because I
thought it was a very good point.

Of course, you don't want to be the guy who
does nothing but arm work and pec pumps
because they are his favorite exercises.

But there's no denying that your body structure
plays an important role in determining which
exercises are best, safest, most effective and
most enjoyable for you.

In fact, body structure is the real answer to
the age old question, "Which is better -- the
squat or the deadlift?"

The answer is "It depends on your body

Some people are built for deadlifting, and
that makes it a better exercise for them.

Others are built for squatting, and that makes
squatting the best exercise for them.

Arthur Saxon was built for bent pressing and
achieved undying fame through his ability in
this lift.

Herman Goerner was NOT built for the bent
press and never did them -- but he achieved
undying fame through his ability in the dead-
lift and the one hand deadlift.

Doug Hepburn and Paul Anderson were both
incredible squatters, but their deadlift didn't 
match their squatting power.

Bob Peoples -- who trained Paul Anderson --
was a deadlifter, not a squatter. He set a
world record in the deadlift that stood for
almost 20 years.

Peary Rader used the squat to gain almost
100 pounds of bodyweight -- but never did
very much deadlifting. He was a squatter,
not a deadlifter.

The bottom line is this -- find what works best
for YOU -- and what YOU enjoy the most -- and
build your program around it. Include other
exercises as well, and don't neglect your
weak spots or ignore exercises that are
hard for you -- but turn your strengths
into super strengths!

As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a good

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. For many trainees, dumbbell training is
even more effective than barbell training.
That's one of the reasons I wrote Dinosaur
Dumbbell Training

P.S, 2. My other books and courses are right
here at Dino Headquarters:

P.S. 3. Thought for the day: "Find the exercises
that make your body iron and steel." -- Brooks