Our strength classes include a mixture of training methods and equipment from powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, bodybuilding, strongman, and gymnastic strength training. We have some fun and unique strength toys to play with that you won’t see in an ordinary gym- yokes, D-Balls, wheel barrows, Slater’s log, sandbags, barbell FORM collars, sleds, clubs, kettlebells, and the Snail! This may sound intimidating but have no fear, we coach you through every step of the way and use exercises appropriate for your fitness level, from beginner to advanced. When it’s time to squat, a beginner can use a pair of lighter dumbbells or a lighter bar and an advanced athlete can grab a belt and load a bar till it bends!
While there is no “cardio” element to this class, you will get your heart rate up and work strength based conditioning through some of the strength methods we utilize such as speed endurance training, volume training, strength aerobic training, and strongman endurance training.
- Muscle mass: increases RESTING metabolic rate (you burn more energy doing NOTHING), keeps you from wasting as you age, prevents skinny fat, makes you look better (we think)
- Boosts bone and connective tissue strength and density
- Turns on hundreds of anti aging genes
- Boosts stem cell production
- Being stronger makes everything easier- even cardio
We incorporate strongman training methods into our strength classes. Don’t let the images of huge men pulling semi trucks deter you! Strongman training is really just strength training with real life objects, or objects constructed to simulate real life tasks, such as lifting odd objects, carrying, pushing, pulling, and dragging. Strongman Endurance Training also provides an easy method of strength based metabolic conditioning.
- Strongman strength training will make you stronger, more capable, and more stable when faced with real life demands.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Why we don’t have combined strength & conditioning classes
We utilize separate strength and metabolic conditioning programs at Basis to allow you to tailor your class track to meet your specific goals and allow you to progress to the heights you desire without hitting the inevitable plateaus inherent in combined strength and conditioning programs.
Metabolic training and strength training demand that the body adapt in two opposing directions, causing this plateau. You can cruise along pretty well for a while but will generally plateau at an intermediate/intermediate+ fitness level. To break out of this plateau, either strength or conditioning must be put on maintenance while the other becomes the target of improvement. You can cycle back and forth with the right timing and the right programming, to achieve high attainment at both if that is your goal.
To see real improvements and reach a high level of conditioning and endurance, sessions with longer duration are a must. This cannot be achieved within a combined strength/conditioning hour.
The separate classes also allow you to take in more of what you really love or need without being forced into doing the other, if it’s not your thing.