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Defining The 4 Forms of Strength - LESAVAGE

How to Define STRENGTH {strĕngkth, strĕngth, strĕnth}

strength: [noun] the quality or state of being strong : capacity for exertion or endurance. {Marriam Webster}

There are 4 main categories of strength:

  1. Physical 
  2. Metabolic
  3. Emotional / Somatic 
  4. External / Environmental 

Physical Strength

Introduction (via https://thesportsedu.com/strength-definition/)

Strength is often considered one of the cornerstones of athletic training. And, for good reason. In fact, several studies have shown strength to have a direct correlation to better performance in nearly every sports imaginable. However, the benefits do not end here. Increased strength has also proven beneficial in endurance performance, injury prevention, and healthy body composition.

The basic mechanisms of strength

Strength can be described as the ability to produce as much force as possible in a single movement, making it one of the cornerstones of athletic training. Strength can be divided into two different components; muscular strength, and muscular hypertrophy.

Muscular strength (maximum strength) describes your ability to recruit as many motor units as possible to produce the highest amount of force possible. It is often trained with low repetitions and very heavy resistance. This type of training causes neural adaptations that increase the activation of muscle fibers.

Muscular hypertrophy describes the size and strength properties of the muscle tissue itself. Training for muscle hypertrophy aims to increase the amount of contractable muscle mass, creating a stronger contraction.

Although muscular strength and muscular hypertrophy can be seen as two separate components of strength, they support and rely on each other. Training both of them helps form a foundation on which you can build more specialized and sports-specific skills.

Increased strength has also proven beneficial in endurance performance, injury prevention, and healthy body composition.


Finding what our inner strength is what helps cultivate our desires and passions of achievement in living a holistic life.

Strength begins with a state of mind.