PUSH Strength TrainingSM (PST) is a term in PUSHSM used to describe strengthening exercises for the entire body. PST encompasses training that can strengthen every major muscle group in the body. The training requires the use of the core muscles whether doing upper body, lower body or core work. The focus of the strengthening is not to become a bodybuilder, but to develop muscles that support everyday living.
Everyday living includes actions such as: standing, walking, sitting at a computer, gardening, lifting and carrying (anything from heavy loads to children), manual labor work, and dynamic athletic movement. I call this “functional strength.” Anyone can work out in a gym, isolate and build big muscles, but that does not necessarily translate into being able to use those muscles for everyday functions. All PST exercises support actions that you do in everyday living or can be adapted for specific athletic movements.
Another characteristic that makes PUSH Strength Training unique is that the focus of every exercise is to strengthen the body while releasing tension from the muscles and joints. We want to increase muscle mass while simultaneously increasing suppleness in the tissue. We are creating strength without tension.
Progressive training is the practice of increasing strength and range of motion by training to the limits that the body will allow. Once the muscles and joints adjust to a certain range of motion and/or weight, the body moves freely and without effort with no strain to the joints. The body is then ready to safely progress to an increased range of motion or heavier weight. As you continue to progress in this manner, you will find the range of motion in your previously stiff joints will increase and you will feel stronger. This is the safest way to train and the best way to guarantee consistent, steady progress in your training.
Progressive training also helps clients rehabilitate more quickly from injury by not pushing the injury to recover before it is ready. If a joint suffers from a limited range of motion, Progressive training will steadily increase the range without putting excessive stress on the joint or the supporting tissue.