Cumbria Strength and Conditioning news

Since becoming a Strength Matters practioner we have been looking forward to releasing our Pillars of Athleticism and we believe it's a great tool for assessing your all round strength and fitness. We have tests that are measurable and recordable in order to see where you excel, and also what you need to work on in order to improve and reduce the risk of injury.  

Each test is scored from novice to intermediate and then advanced. Scoring a novice on any test means that corrective exercises must be done in order to improve on that area.

Level 1 starts with balance, coordination, mobility & stability. 

Level 2 is strength and cardiovascular capacity and level 3 tests power, agility and endurance. We advise that score an intermediate or advanced on all level 1 and 2 tests before taking on any of the level 3 tests. 

These tests are great if you're a complete beginner to the gym, a seasoned gym goer or a professional athlete wanting to improve on sports performance. 

I'm sure most of you will have stood on a fancy machine and have it register your BMI, your lean muscle mass etc etc but these machines don't give you a true read out of how you move and what you need to work on in order to become a physically better functioning human. Likewise, caliper readings and weigh-ins only do one thing too, It's not all about the weight loss.

At CSC we believe you don't need to be an athlete to improve your athleticism. We want you to move better than when you came in, build a solid foundation of mobility and stability, strength and cardiovascular capacity and then start to increase the intensity of your training whilst pushing yourself to places you may not have thought possible before. 

Finding out exactly where you need to work on will speed this process up no end. The tests are up on the wall in the gym, they are FREE to do so there literally is no excuse. Come in and take the tests with a partner and see how you fair. If you're old school like me bring a note pad or write your results in your phone if you're firmly in the 21st century. Be strict with yourself and see where you need to improve. If you need help, just give us a shout. 

Matty