For Any Need…Strength Training

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

I’ve been at this game called “exercise” my entire adult life and it is my ever-growing certainty that no matter the issue, no matter the benefit sought, no matter the disease state to be addressed, or the problem to be surmounted, strength training seems to be the answer.

Want to look better in your clothes (or out of them)? Strength training is the answer. Want to address almost any disease state (diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cognitive decline, obesity, metabolic syndrome)? Strength training is the answer.

Are you about to enter into chemotherapy? Strength Training will help prevent cachexia and even help defeat your foe. Are you suffering from depression? You guessed it…Strength training. In almost all of these situations, strength training is not just adjunctive; it is the most effective measure you can take, with other measures adding adjunctive to marginal value. It seems that we have evolved from struggle in the constant presence of gravity and our adaptation to this fact has given us a tool to solve almost any problem.

When it comes to strength training, I have some definite opinions on the best and most efficient way to perform it, but those opinions are not as strong as my belief that you should perform strength training in almost any form. Muscle has evolved over billions of years and is the most adaptive and plastic tissue there is. As such, strength training can be incredibly simple, precisely because muscle is so complex.

There are many different ways to train and skeletal muscle will adapt to them all. My only major objection as to the form of training will be towards those techniques which pose an undue risk of injury. As Arthur Jones once said, “It won’t matter if you have 20 inch arms if you injure your back.” Or, as I say in my elevator pitch when people ask me about MaxStrength Fitness, “It’s like Crossfit…without the torn rotator cuff.”

In the past 10 years, the scientific literature has exploded with studies that uncover benefits to strength training that we never imagined. Much of this is linked to myokines, the hormone-like substances released by exercising muscle that signals benefit to all the other tissues of the body.

Like my lifelong focus, most of this literature focuses on the why of strength training; but as the why becomes obvious, the focus will begin to shift to the how. Once this shift happens, we may begin to find some answers to some of the most heated debates that have occurred in our industry.

That is why strength training is the foundational modality at MaxStrength Fitness. This is simply because I feel that strength training is the single most effective public health initiative that we could undertake.

2016 was the first year we began tracking life expectancy where the numbers started going down. If the message spreads broadly enough, we can at worst reverse this trend, and at best, serve as a bridge to true life extension technology. But as the studies on how accumulate, we will continue transforming lives one at a time by utilizing what we know to be the most efficient, effective and safe methodology available: MaxStrengh Fitness!

If you would like to find hot how we can help you with your overall health and fitness in only minutes a week, give us a call at 440.835.9090 (Westlake) or 440.226.8080 (Willoughby) or go to to request your free Initial Consultation and demo workout. And check out our website for videos and other life transformation resources!