Training an uninjured limb can preserve strength in an injured limb. Meaning if you hurt your right arm, you should train your left arm.
Pavel Tsatsouline recommends training your midsection and your grip to maintain total body strength. So if you travel a lot, you can use this info to help preserve what you have while you’re away.
Charlie Francis had his sprinters do heavy bench pressing a few days prior to races to keep their legs strong without directly fatiguing their legs. In other words, the bench press preserved leg strength.
wtf is going on here
…this all seems kind of screwy, no?
Training has global effect.
As Buddy Morris, former mentor of mine, once said:
The stress of training is greater than that of a broken bone because it encompasses the entire system. It encompasses the cardiac, cardiopulmonary, detoxification, hormonal, metabolic, central nervous system, neuromuscular, and […] immune system.
That’s all affected by training. And those systems do not recover at the same time.
The nervous system that contracts your biceps is the same nervous system that controls your hand when using a pencil, and this is why
using one limb effects the other limb
grip training maintains strength elsewhere
bench pressing can preserve leg strength
Your body has a global response to training.
When someone touches an ice cube to the small of your back. You don’t just sit there and say, “The small of my back is cold.”
The cold feeling causes a widespread bodily freako response. You flinch. You get goosebumps all over your body from the cold. You breathe quicker. It doesn’t just make skin cold.