Strength Training is a big world, there are many applications of ‘strength training’ that go way beyond just trying to add muscle or lose weight.

Strength training, especially at the Cage JSA in Cromwell CT, should be about strengthening the body’s natural movements.  For example, the squat exercise is one of best exercises you could do for all-around fitness, health, fat loss and of course strength.  But most people don’t even know how to squat properly.  When learning to be strong, we first focus on the movement, without weight.  So if you were learning to squat, we first teach you the squat movement, and then challenge your strength by adding resistance.

The Turkish Get Up is one of the most complicated, but also extremely beneficial strength training exercises that challenges your whole body.  Matt Bryers and Jason Valencia, two of the strength coaches at the Cage JSA in Cromwell CT, show you how to do the Turkish Get Up along with many of the benefits of this awesome strength training exercise.

If you’re interested in learning this awesome lift, as well as how you can become stronger, lose weight, and get the body you want…. without spending HOURS of cardio, then check out our strength training classes in Connecticut at the Cage JSA.

Get a 1-Week of Free 1-on-1 Strength Training workouts with Matt or Jay.

The phrase strength training itself brings up images of hulk like men grunting, lifting heavy weights, listening to anger death metal and chugging protein shakes.

While this may be true at some of the “hardcore gyms”, most strength training gyms are designs for “every-day” men and women who are looking to feel stronger, lose weight and gain muscle.

There are many misconceptions around strength training and how it can greatly benefit your life as well.

Lie #1: Strength Training Will Make Women Bulky and Unattractive.

This is the one we get the most. As a strength and fitness gym, our most common request is to lose weight and tone up.

The funny thing is that strength training does exactly that!

It almost angers us at how much we actually hear that women are terrified of strength training because they think they will get big.

Women, please, lets dispel this myth right now…

It would be IMPOSSIBLE for you to get bulky strength training unless you were eating for a small army. Even then, your would probably be surprised at how hard it is to actually gain a thick bulky body.

What happens instead is that women burn fat and build beautiful, shapely muscle.

NOTE – in order to get as big as this women, there are extreme “supplements” involved and a diet of at least 5,000 calories a day.  It is seriously impossible to look even remotely like this unless you spent 5-10 years… or more trying.

Lie #2: You Need Cardio Exercise To Lose Weight

This is another favorite. Go to a regular gym and look around at the treadmills; they’re packed, but how many of those people look in great shape? Now, how many of them of been on that treadmill for years getting little or no results at all?

The problem with cardio is that our body adapts so quickly, that all fat burning benefits are quickly reduced.

Your body needs to be consistently challenged… like in strength training.

Another benefit is that when you strength train you build more muscle… NOT BULK… but when you build more muscle, your metabolism increases and you also burn more fat.

So in fact, strength training does a much better job of burning fat than pure cardio.

Lie #3: There is one workout program that fits all women

This is a tough one to swallow. We buy all these books on workouts, dieting, health, etc. and how do you know which one will work for you? The true of the matter is that it’s truly custom.

Since Strength training is more of a “skill” than it is a pure fitness workout, each strength trainee needs to be treated as an individual and is the coaches responsibility to ensure that you get results.

When you’re ready to give strength training a shot at the Cage JSA, simply request a 1-week of free intro workouts and assessment, and we’ll get you on the path of feeling strong, losing weight, and developing healthy shapely muscle.


Sample of some of the group strength training sessions including squats, log press and playing with rocks.