Why We Train: Health and Longevity

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Why We Train: Health and Longevity

The "Why We Train" series will showcase and highlight individuals at Fulcrum Training Hall.

         Peter is a regular client who brings a positive energy and enthusiasm to our morning sessions. Peter has made remarkable transformations in his time at Fulcrum, not only in terms of strength and body composition, but in his attitude towards his own health. At the age of 55, he had difficulty lowering his center of mass through a full range of motion (squat with no external resistance) and three years later squats an amazing 85 kilos (187 pounds).  Strength acquisition improves the quality of life of individuals in this demographic by warding off the supposedly-inevitable-effects-of-aging through natural means. Training with barbells improves bone density, balance, brain function, well being, and the quality of tissue of all the underlying biological systems that we are bound to in this time of our existence. Another strong case for strength training is to maintain or reclaim our independence of living.  Our gym environment provides a space for humans to take charge of their own health. Peter is a great example of why strength matters at all stages of life.

 

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Why we train: speed, strength and explosive power

Why we train: speed, strength and explosive power

The "Why We Train" series will showcase and highlight individuals at Fulcrum Training Hall.

 Seattle Speed warms up for an afternoon training session. 

 Seattle Speed warms up for an afternoon training session. 

This talented group of athletes are some of the fastest track and field competitors in the country. Their dedication to their chosen sport is an inspiration to those who train around them. Barbell training supports every human, and when placed in the hands of an elite competitor can take them to the next level. Olympic weightlifting in particular is a highly metabolically specific form of training for any sport that demands a high level of speed or agility. Strength matters, especially when pushing your physical limits as a competitive athlete.