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Multiple Reasons to Strength Train

Along with helping boost my metabolism and keeping my backside firm, I strength train for one very practical reason: strength. Here are a few moments from the last week where I utilized my strong muscles, and the moves that got them there:

  • Moving an upright piano: squats for dead lifting the instrument with three wonderful volunteers.
  • Using the loppers to prune unruly trees: pec fly
  • Pulling out stubborn weeds: all the variations of rowing, especially the classic bent-over version.
  • Opening the top window of my freshly painted double hung and sticky windows: standing lat pulls.
  • Carrying my two very full bags of groceries for two blocks: biceps curls and arm raises.
  • Giving a piggyback ride to my tired 4-year-old for a few too many city blocks: planks and core work — staying stable while hauling her 36 pounds around kept me out of pain.

Have you found practical uses for your strength training? Share them in the comments section below.

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Silje Silje 8 years
I love this post!! Great motivation :D
blueheron blueheron 8 years
I was just thinking about this very thing this morning- I am visiting my parents and helping my father construct a brick-block retaining wall in their backyard. He was feeling guilty about my helping, and I basically said that the reason I do pushups and weight train is so that I can have functional strength for projects like this one! Each block is 27.5 pounds and I am able to haul them around the yard and place them on the wall- project is going much faster now for him because I am strong enough to help!
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