Barbell Workouts Are Superior For Getting Stronger

Ultimate Fit Zone, Monmouth County, NJ

There’s a reason why CrossFit athletes are some of the strongest athletes in the world, they do a lot of barbell work. Many strength training experts agree, if you want to get stronger, one of the best tools in your toolbox is the barbell. Compound lifts (multi-joint exercises) can produce impressive results, and traditionally they are performed with a barbell (as with any fitness training however, modifications can be made to work with dumbbells, kettle bells, etc). Compound lifts require work from many different muscles working together but moving in different patterns. This stimulates nerve cells, which is all a part of getting stronger.

A simple barbell push press will activate your legs, core and shoulders. Whereas a traditional press will largely activate the shoulders with some core. Not to say that one is better, they are just different.

For strictly isolating muscles, traditional movements are best, especially with dumbbells where each side of the body must do its own work and can’t rely on the other. For overall muscle training and working your cardiovascular system as well, CrossFit has the right idea with the barbell movements and cardio work.

At our Monmouth County cross training gym, we incorporate the barbell exercises into high intensity workouts that can last anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes. The goal is to increase cardiovascular endurance, increase strength, fine tune skills such as balance and explosive power and of course, build lean muscle tissue.

It’s the high rep count of these cross training workouts combined with the intense cardio (jumping rope, rowing, running, etc) that really produces changes in the body. Combined with the right diet, these are the workouts that will start showing you results in the mirror much faster. You are knocking out strength and cardio in one condensed workout. I always like to add at least 2-3 traditional lifting sessions in each week as well, for isolated muscle targeting. This accelerates strength building and also muscle development.

If you are interested in trying a cross training program, please send us an email or text us at 732-757-7944. You never know what you can do until you try.