Chrissy's Q&A is a bi-weekly feature from Apex Performance Integration's assistant coach, Chrissy Mangold. If you have a question, feel free to submit it in the comments below!
"Do you need weights for strength training?"
There are many ways to gain strength, but I do believe weights should be a part of your strength training at some point.
There needs to be a progression. Take math for example. We don’t start off with calculus. You first learn how to count. Then how to add and subtract and so on. The same goes for strength training.
I’m not saying you can’t use other things such as med balls, bands, yoga, or bodyweight exercises. There are many tools to use, but eventually, you will need to start using weights. Our bodies start to adapt, so we must continue progressing and challenging the body.
Kettlebells can be a great addition to a strength training program due to their versatility and portability.
We should make our goal to be STRONGER! Not that everyone needs to have all these bulging muscles, or what society portrays as strong. I mean strengthening our bones, tendons, heart, and yes, believe it or not, our brains.
There is a tremendous number of benefits to strength training! I do believe using weights is one of our greatest tools and benefits us in our strength training journey!
Thank you for the question, and let me know what kind of strength training you like to do!
P.S. If you're someone who is already consistent with your workouts but is looking to take things up a notch, I encourage you to check out our new Sexy & Hard To Kill Training Program! It's five days of workouts that can be done within your schedule and each exercise has video tutorials linked for you to reference.