Updated: Nov 22, 2018
The laws or principles apply to everyone from those seeking merely to develop a basic level of strength and fitness for health purposes all the way up to those wanting to engage in the strength sports and purse pushing their body to its maximal limit. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and when you get under a 300kg barbell or are trying to load a 150kg atlas stone for as many reps as possible, you can have no weaknesses.
He/she who trains the longest will become the strongest. Strength is a slow endeavour one that demands consistent commitment over very long periods of time to achieve. There are no shortcuts, and these five laws form the foundation from which all strength training programs should be based upon, and these areas of development are of particular importance to those who are just beginning their pursuit of strength. These laws work together to produce a strong, flexible, stable and resilient athlete one that can sustain the continually increasing vigorous training required to stimulate strength gains.
This is achieved by developing the strength of the tendons, ligaments, bones, core strength and perfecting the movements of the sports.
let's get into the five laws.
Law 1 - Joint Flexibility/Flexibility in general
Developing flexibility as an adult can be tedious, but unless you had the foresight as a child to keep your full range of motion, then it's not exactly an option you have. So accept the process.
Law 2 - Ligament & Tendon Strength
Ligaments attach bones to other bones and tendons connect your muscles to your bones. Do not underestimate how important it is to strengthen them. Well, that is if you want reliable, durable joints and the ability to transfer all of the power your muscles generate.
Law 3 - Core strength (understanding spinal stability)
The power developed in the core must eventually travel through the musculoskeletal system to the more precision-oriented distal musculature of the extremities. Only after achieving this ability to channel energy can you begin to realise your tremendous physical potential - and it all starts with the core.
Law 4 - Develop All Movement Planes
Being overly specific can leave you with muscle imbalances and injuries later down the line.
Law 5 - Train movements not muscles
Teach your body to orchestrate the perfect motor-firing sequences for optimal movement patterns.
Following these laws from an early stage will help ensure a broad base of work capacity and ability to handle the physical stressors of training. Allowing athletes to adapt to the ever-increasing load and remain injury free.