Workout Mistake - The Big FAT Strength Lie!

  • Have you been told that strength is everything when it comes to seeing gains from your workouts? If so, you are making the biggest workout mistake you can be making and you’re definitely going to want to watch this video. Here I am going to address the big fat strength lie that is more rampant now than ever before. Now, don’t get me wrong. Strength training is and always will be the cornerstone and the focal point of your workouts. That said, doing this without focusing on the roots of that strength is going to lead you down a troubled path.
    So you may have been told that strength is the most important element you want to address in your training. Without it, everything else will suffer and therefore you need to make sure you are maximally strong at all costs. While being strong is crucial, building strength on a weak foundation is one of the biggest workout mistakes that you can make. The key to building true strength is to realize that just like a tree, you’re only as strong as your roots.
    In the world of training this means that if there is something that can be impaired that takes your strength away from you, then the strength is not the foundation. Much like a tree may look strong above the ground, if you examined below the surface and saw weak and dying roots that tree is not going to be standing for much longer - no matter how big and strong it may appear.
    So what you need to focus on is prefacing your strength progression with a solid base of full flexibility, mobility and stability. Now many people will look at this and say to themselves that they are getting it right because they are doing at least 30 minutes of mobility work and stretching before they work out. That is not necessarily even a good thing. Why? Because if you are just adding additional range of motion to a system that is not stable, then you are going to be even more likely to break down and commit this devastating workout mistake.
    Stability is not strength. It is a form of strength that is not measured by the contractile force of a muscle but rather the ability to control the contraction throughout the range of motion (and even at both extreme ends of it). In the example of a squat, a person that is incredibly stable will be able to perform the squat and pause at the bottom of the rep. Beyond that however, they need to be able to return to the top in one piece without desegmentation of the body on the way up. They need to be able to not have their knees drift in or out, or their hips waver side to side at any point.
    When one is maximally stable, they are maximally efficient in their bar path during the squat and have no wasted motion. Their rep speed is unhindered or unslowed throughout the entire range of motion. This may mean that you need to drop the weight that you are using a bit in order to realize this level of control. If so, then do so. The goal is not to simply chase numbers at the expense of your stability.
    Working on your mobility and flexibility as well are going to be vital to getting through a full range of motion and commanding the true strength you do have along the way. If and only if you do this will you ever realize your true strength without risk of incurring injuries like hip labral tears, low back blowouts and unnecessary hip joint and muscle pain.
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    • Drama
      Drama Vor 4 Monate

      Love your vids Jeff been a trainer over 5 years and a athlete all my life and im 37. But i still learn things from u

      KARATE MEANS LIFE Vor 6 Monate

      Truly cut it out

      KARATE MEANS LIFE Vor 6 Monate

      Killer video Jeff Loved it

    • TV Episodes
      TV Episodes Vor 7 Monate


    • Jhonki Gonzalez
      Jhonki Gonzalez Vor 10 Monate

      Jeff can you tell mesome excersises to improve the stability...
      are the Isometrics a good path to go for it?

  • Morgan Freeman
    Morgan Freeman Vor 5 Tage

    My tree's pretty big 🌲

  • Daniel Ramsgard
    Daniel Ramsgard Vor 8 Tage

    Anyone else learn this the hard way.

  • BigGOLIATHFrog3 Thethird

    i thought this would be about how society thinks fat ppl r strong...

  • Nick Sewell
    Nick Sewell Vor 14 Tage

    I hate when Jeff starts addressing something. Then I think, oh well just do this. Then Jeff says, no that's not the answer either.

  • Yasha
    Yasha Vor 19 Tage

    I learnt this lesson the hard way at age 25, wish I saw your video before I did.

  • Andy Thousand
    Andy Thousand Vor 20 Tage

    I totally agree with this.

  • Aurelio Intermagio
    Aurelio Intermagio Vor 20 Tage

    Ego will blind most to the roots. Which is why you rarely see 30year old + guys doing all compound lifts. Listen to Jeff youngins, 99% of you will be on the machines soon bc DLs or squats jacked up your back. Nobody cares about ur numbers

  • repsandgrooves
    repsandgrooves Vor 22 Tage

    This is an awesome video. It's one I constantly come back to watch just to give myself a friendly reminder

  • Jiu Jitsu Dweeb
    Jiu Jitsu Dweeb Vor 22 Tage

    weird knowing most of the people watching are clenching their butt cheeks

  • Jiu Jitsu Dweeb
    Jiu Jitsu Dweeb Vor 22 Tage

    i have those roots

  • Felipe Tony
    Felipe Tony Vor 23 Tage


  • Jonh Jones
    Jonh Jones Vor 24 Tage

    You have a small 🌲

  • eqnawr sayaṃ
    eqnawr sayaṃ Vor 25 Tage

    just excellent.

  • Alexander Branstetter
    Alexander Branstetter Vor 26 Tage +1

    I T-pose at the bottom of MY squat to assert dominance over the squat

  • D birdflips
    D birdflips Vor 27 Tage

    Stability not strength 7:20! You can feel it . How build this not strength is pause squats command it!

  • kursna
    kursna Vor 29 Tage

    Anybody know why he always shows high bar squats instead of low bar or a mix? It would be cool if he gave tips on low bar unless he already has and I haven't been able to find it yet

  • Richard Jackson
    Richard Jackson Vor Monat

    Probably the best exercise video ever made

  • Jdk4jesuschrist
    Jdk4jesuschrist Vor Monat

    I thought you were going to say nutrition

  • Ray Rivera
    Ray Rivera Vor Monat

    this is so deep. like a root...system.

  • John H. Blevins
    John H. Blevins Vor Monat +2

    Great information! I’ve noticed my dumbbell bench press dwindled at some point, because I pressed (or lifted on other exercises) without a focused mind throughout each rep. However, I didn’t realize it until the hurt directed my awareness...and it did! Then I had to figure out where I screwed up. Point is, the muscle itself didn’t suddenly get smaller, less capable, but the sole issue was a lack of stability at certain point(s) during the press. Very aggravating to know I have the strength but can’t utilize it! However, once I corrected the lift / press with proper form, less weight -gulp- AND regular corrective exercises (thank you Jeff!) my stability is returning, but man it’s a slow process; more so since I’m 64 years old! Still, you’ve saved me a world of hurt! 64? That still seems weird to say.

  • Rizz Bizz
    Rizz Bizz Vor Monat

    That’s the tree on Jeff back

  • Chade Fallstar
    Chade Fallstar Vor Monat +1

    The key to gains? ility.

  • Darky
    Darky Vor Monat

    Everybody gangsta, until Jeff becomes a *Tree expert*

  • twosixfivehemi
    twosixfivehemi Vor Monat

    Fake news

  • Travis Cutler
    Travis Cutler Vor Monat

    Roots, Bloody Roots!

  • michael carpenella
    michael carpenella Vor Monat

    Bro I didn’t know how to flex my ass like that

  • Generic Internetter

    Truly excellent video

  • Syed Mohammed
    Syed Mohammed Vor Monat +1

    I so totally am going to show off and try with my friends the bum flex thingy!

  • Andrew M
    Andrew M Vor Monat

    Jeff, your passion is truly inspiring! THANK YOU!!

  • Bossnian
    Bossnian Vor Monat +1

    Motherf*ing Jeff Cavalier. Will go down as 1 of the most underrated legends of our time.

  • Moses Gunn
    Moses Gunn Vor 2 Monate

    Foundation routines sounds a lot like yoga to me.

  • Josh Otto
    Josh Otto Vor 2 Monate

    We need a video about these roots. Increasing stability, flexibility and mobility.

  • Earl Hamilgton
    Earl Hamilgton Vor 2 Monate

    Jeff you are fucking awesome !

  • Scott Ayres
    Scott Ayres Vor 2 Monate


  • Eli Hal
    Eli Hal Vor 2 Monate +1

    My my the biggest weakness.

  • khudson,mhu
    khudson,mhu Vor 2 Monate

    Thank you, very good information.

  • Mike Skylark
    Mike Skylark Vor 2 Monate +1

    Super important stuff. You really impressed me!

  • Karl Roadhouse
    Karl Roadhouse Vor 2 Monate

    excellent theory even i thought it was strength as to the main routes but hate as opened my eyes and when you actually look at it closely it makes a lot of sense and is the focal point to gaining better strength standards.

  • Carlos 22
    Carlos 22 Vor 3 Monate

    Jeff, “ Command your reps, don’t let your reps command you.”

  • Zombie Head
    Zombie Head Vor 3 Monate

    He is so correct, i changed to a strength gain program, and especially with squats i noticed how my legs were able to handle the heavy loads, but i was very nervous and i felt as if the weight was forcing me to go down instead of me controlling the weight. I reduced the load and increased my reps from 3 sets of 4-6 to 3 sets of 8, i felt a bit of a setback because i "went back" 2 weeks of weights, but i believed it would pay off. Today, 3 weeks later i am back to my weights that made me nervous, and i am in full control, no twitching, shaking or leaning forward. I slowly incorporated this to all my lifts, especially squats and barbell rows (less weight, much slower concentric, squeeze as hard as i could at the top for 2-3 seconds, and control it slowly on the eccentric) and it does pay off. From all of Jeff's videos, i could not find anything i have not tried that failed on me (but to be honest, i focused on stability over strength a few weeks ago, before i saw this video today).

  • Santiago u.
    Santiago u. Vor 3 Monate

    End of the line is, injury prevention is key as injuries are the biggest set back an athlete can ever experience.

  • Robert Saladino
    Robert Saladino Vor 3 Monate

    Mark Ripptoe will say differently... This is why this topic is so confusing even to experts. Most strength competitors don't practice mobility training, Again what's right and wrong?

    CHILUDA Vor 3 Monate +224

    Jeff: which tree is the strongest?
    *me who've been watching ax for years"
    me: I can't tell
    Jeff: you can't tell
    me: Damn, I'm good!

  • Ben white
    Ben white Vor 3 Monate

    6:46 😂

  • Glori in her 40s
    Glori in her 40s Vor 3 Monate

    Why do I feel like I just got yelled at for 10 minutes lol

  • Brittany McCain
    Brittany McCain Vor 3 Monate

    Can't Stop. Won't Stop. Keep on keeping on. You be that PT Jeff! 😃

  • Rich Brothers
    Rich Brothers Vor 3 Monate

    What if I am starting from the top down?

  • Elijah Johnson
    Elijah Johnson Vor 3 Monate

    quick summary: do proper form

  • nic jones
    nic jones Vor 3 Monate

    I cut lodge pole (2nd picture) they are weak as hell but I get your point.

  • Brian Hunter
    Brian Hunter Vor 3 Monate +1

    Great video Jeff, this was good to hear!

  • That_one _guy
    That_one _guy Vor 4 Monate +3

    Instructions unclear , got my mom pregnant

  • nitin dixit
    nitin dixit Vor 4 Monate

    Hello sir,
    My body fat is arround 10%.I want to know that should i need to go bulk first then go to loose/ cutting.
    Is it correct ?

    • Sagar Bk
      Sagar Bk Vor 4 Monate

      Eat clean bulking and cutting is bullshit

  • Andy Thousand
    Andy Thousand Vor 4 Monate

    You’re right on point Jeff!

  • John Ratican
    John Ratican Vor 4 Monate

    Uhhh.....okay, I have reasonable mobility and flexibility. I am not 90 years old. Strength is the foundation. By this video, you may as well as say that being alive or having two arms and two legs in your foundation. I fail to get the point.

    • John Ratican
      John Ratican Vor 4 Monate

      Okay, Jeff. I will watch again. Keep your shirt on, uhhh, so to speak. LOL. Peace!

    • ATHLEAN-X™
      ATHLEAN-X™  Vor 4 Monate

      You did miss the point. Watch again. Focus on the concept of stability.

  • Drama
    Drama Vor 4 Monate

    My roots are my abs my abs are so strong that one time someone tryed to kick me and there foot broke 😂🤣🤣🤣

  • Miguel Mendenilla
    Miguel Mendenilla Vor 4 Monate +1

    In short, do yoga?

  • Zetsuke4
    Zetsuke4 Vor 5 Monate

    Lol now I know that external rotation makes my glute contraction stronger. If I want to focus more on my glutes I will point my toes out more now while keeping them closer and press more on heels

  • Zetsuke4
    Zetsuke4 Vor 5 Monate +1

    This makes so much sense!

  • That there INFJ
    That there INFJ Vor 5 Monate +1

    3:19 Mind = Blown

  • PK Avenger
    PK Avenger Vor 5 Monate

    i tried Squating with Dimitri Klokov technique and it is awesome, Mark Rippetoe also recommend the same way of squating and it utilizes all the Muscles of your legs. Now i wonder why i had back pain. You dont have to stay straight in squat, it just put pressure on your fucking knee and not doing any thing. In proper squat your nipples must be facing at 45 degree angle to the floor, not the wall. Although your chest must be out.

  • PK Avenger
    PK Avenger Vor 5 Monate

    That is why in Army they say, if a healthy person can do 400 pound squat then he can also run 2 miles

  • Gta 500
    Gta 500 Vor 5 Monate +1

    Mobility flexibility and stability are pretty much the most important things I would also add stamina or endurance to that but i am not a professional in any way so that's just my opinion

  • Michael Knipp
    Michael Knipp Vor 5 Monate +1

    This video has to be one of the most important ones I have ever seen on training - I did not really appreciate the "base" - thanks!

  • Gareth Powell
    Gareth Powell Vor 5 Monate

    Hi Jeff. Thanks for another great video! Are you able to do a video entirely on muscle stabilization, I.e., what is it? I assume it’s the core and the smaller stabilizer muscles but id love
    more info if you can. Thanks!

  • Named Named
    Named Named Vor 6 Monate

    How about stamina?

    BLAZE Vor 6 Monate


  • Michael Tunney
    Michael Tunney Vor 6 Monate

    This video-length metaphor of trees has been sponsored by Cypress Hill and Snoop Dogg.

  • Wael Ayad
    Wael Ayad Vor 6 Monate

    The big sad = depression
    The big fat = obesity

  • Ken Pierce
    Ken Pierce Vor 6 Monate

    OMG. Jeff mentioned dendrology! 🌲🌳 shout out to Forest Service buddies. Austrian Oak. Yea, I went there.

  • Luke Timbrell
    Luke Timbrell Vor 6 Monate

    Tree A is larger therefore older and therefore th root system would be bigger and more complex. Im not a landscaper 😬

    • Blake Young
      Blake Young Vor 6 Monate

      Also depends on the species of the tree

  • Tamer Said
    Tamer Said Vor 6 Monate

    . I love how jeff approach that subject .

  • Moss Bioletti
    Moss Bioletti Vor 6 Monate +2

    mobility + flexibility + stability = perfect form

  • Alex Wieliczko
    Alex Wieliczko Vor 7 Monate

    Awsome. I watch video before evrey workout.

  • Mackel Saadeh
    Mackel Saadeh Vor 7 Monate

    Jeff the Guy WHO would have 2 girlfriend to prevent Dick imbalence

  • Ху Эмай
    Ху Эмай Vor 7 Monate

    Did I get it right, that my glutes is the key to everything? :)

  • Jeremy Pritchett
    Jeremy Pritchett Vor 7 Monate

    In order to make my tree look bigger I just trim the hedges

  • Praveensiddarth Raghu
    Praveensiddarth Raghu Vor 7 Monate

    gratitude Jeff.. my physique has greatly improved following your coaching..

  • Prasad Suryavanshi
    Prasad Suryavanshi Vor 7 Monate

    Anything for a text neck Jeff

  • Christoph Muellner
    Christoph Muellner Vor 7 Monate

    You are so right. I have a lot of problems with that. Try to train my rotations, etc. But it hurts in my shoulders when I train my abs by lifting legs on the bar. What is wrong there? Sorry, my English isn't that well.