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Both, when applied using progressive resistance, with enough rest and a balanced diet will improve strength, muscularity, endurance and fitness. Of course you must train in a way so you achieve your goal. If you are fat you need to cut down on your calories and do endurance type aerobic (cardio) workouts.
Weight training has been documented by muscle mags for years; strandpulling hasnt. It (no steroids) has many successes. Not every person exercising has the potential to be a John C. Grimek or Steve Reeves. But many achieve high standards by lifting.
On the other side of the weight game we have those who train directly for power, strength or athletic endurance. As far as endurance feats go Jack La Lanne comes to mind.
Like most things in life you dont want to throw out the baby with the dirty bath water (steroids).
I started strandpulling seriously in 1989. Using a spring set, with the workout I linked later to my Professional Cable Course site, results were achieved. I ate decent; nothing special. In 1990 I published the 1st edition of my Pro Cable Course.
Later I got into using a piece of tubing for muscle groups. Still later I got into functional strength coordination type workouts (tubing) for jujutsu training.
Barbells and dumbbells use gravity; strands dont. You may use strands like weights (vertical dips, bench presses, deadlifting, etc.) but you arent getting the most out of what they offer other angles.
As a child I lifted weights for about a year. It was productive. I used bench presses and flys to work my chest muscles. One day my dad bought me a chest crusher spring device. It had springs on top and long handles below. I held the device around chest height and pressed the handles together. It was a powerful contraction. The angle made the difference.
Jjujutsu student Ryan Dean has lifted weights for years. He is solid and fit. One day he asked me how does it feel to use tubing. He said I feel much stronger than 130 pounds (my weight) during grappling.
Note: Applying the timing of body leverage and keeping the other off balance is a factor for this perceived strength. Whether you lift weights, do strands, etc. you must practice properly (jujutsu or whatever) to be able to incorporate your level of strength wisely in the activity.
He decided to set up hooks in his garage and do a full body many angled workout. After the first day he called me and said his muscles fatigued after 20 intense minutes. Cardio was intense too. After a number of weeks he said his waist was harder. He had greater coordinated strength in grappling (standing and ground) because of all the angled body twists, turns and slants. His training was to improve his coordinated power in grappling; which he did. He said it was a very different feel than lifting weights.
Note: Ryan loves the feel and results of weights also. Though I use just tubing, Ryan enjoys both. It is what you enjoy doing while achieving your aims.
Sometimes I get an e-mail or read a post where someone puts a strandpulling routine together that mostly uses moves from the sport of strandpulling. No doubt they are excellent exercises. But if your goal is a program to develop all major muscles, there are other exercises to include.
Weights are well documented as a way to get strong and solid. It is sad that the various uses of strands - including results have not.
Whether you do a combination of free weights, machines, bodyweight execises and strands or specialize in just one method we all are part of the same group: to improve our fitness, strength, performance.
Sometimes on a discussion board or on a site someone will claim or imply scientific proof that their way of working out is the best and others are not or actually can cause damage in the long run. Sometimes they quote 1 or 2 authorities.
To be scientific takes a lot. Read Why People Believe Weird Things Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions Of Our Time by Michael Shermer. Whether or not you agree with everything in the book you will get a feel for the standards of the scientific method It is a lot higher than how the word has at times been used in fitness and other fields.
Last Edited By: BigBruvOfEngIandUK Nov 10 12 5:45 PM. Edited 2 times