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Other/Mixed Bob Hoffman on Strength (1964)

Other strength modalities (e.g., Clubs), mixed strength modalities (e.g., combined kettlebell and barbell), other goals (flexibility)
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Steve Freides

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Excerpt from Chapter 11 of Functional Isometric Contraction by Bob Hoffman, 1964:

Strength is the most important human quality. It is the most admired human quality, the most useful human quality. ... You need strength in your muscles, for the muscles control every form of motivation, they make it possible to run, to jump, to lift, to push, to pull, to carry. They make it possible to perform your daily work, to play games, to take part in sports. In this latter event they are also essential to success.

Stronger athletes are better athletes, for strength is the most important characteristic of an athlete.


1. Strength increases coordination and control.
2. Strength increase speed.
3. Strength increases endurance, for endurance is the ability to carry strength over a longer distance...
4. Strength increases the explosiveness of the muscles.
5. Strength prevents injuries.
6. Strength improves skill.
7. Strength increase balance, judgement of space and distance.
8. Strength induces better control, better performance in any sport.
9. Strength increase speed, speed in running, speed in throwing, speed in all phases of performance.

End of excerpt from Bob Hoffman book.



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I often hear that one of Pavel's strengths is reverse engineering things into understandable parts. He also has a way of distilling these things to make good "do this" programs.

StrongFirst, in that regard, is like a one-stop-shop of reverse engineered history in time-tested physical culture wisdom laid out for the 21st century. Thank you Pavel and the circle of people who have made this organization what it is.
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