Ripped & Tear #7 – Strength v Endurance

  • Mar 15, 2020
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  • By: Parker Wilhem

Super Shotguns and chainsaws are all well and good, but few demon killin’ instruments are as fine-tuned and effective as the DOOM Slayer himself. While we (thankfully) have no need to rip apart demons by hand, we can still break down the science of the Slayer’s impressive physique and see what we can apply to our own. This is Ripped & Tear!

The wait for DOOM Eternal has been a long one, but the patience of all you awesome Slayers Club members is about to pay off! Your ability to keep the hype going strong these past few months gives us a perfect opportunity to examine another part of the DOOM Slayer for this edition of Ripped & Tear: strength and endurance.

The Slayer fully embodies the ‘can’t stop, won’t stop’ lifestyle - once he’s begun a fight with Hell itself, he won’t as much as slow down until it’s finished. So how can a body be built to output so much raw force and staying power? What’s the difference?

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“Muscular endurance refers to the ability to perform a specific muscular action (of sub-maximal force) for a prolonged period of time,” explains fitness instructor Philip Durity, returning once more to give us an expert look. “Muscular strength is a muscle’s capacity to exert a maximum amount of force in a single effort.”

A muscle is a muscle, right? What can one do to increase a muscle’s endurance over its strength, or vice-versa? Well, it turns our different muscle fibers in the body are better suited for one over the other.

“People have generally two types of skeletal muscle fibers,” explains Phil. “Slow-twitch (also known as Type I) and fast-twitch (Type II). Slow-twitch muscle fibers are suited for long endurance feats such as distance running, while fast-twitch muscles fatigue quicker but are used in powerful burst of movements such as sprinting.”

He also adds that knowing your goals – muscular conditioning or brute strength – is crucial when planning a workout regimen. To increase endurance, Phil recommends body-weight exercises such as push-ups, body squats, sit-ups, pull-ups and aerobic exercises like swimming or jogging. For strength building, weighted exercises like barbell deadlifts, barbell & dumbbell squats, bent-over barbell low rows and power cleans are useful. Of course, proper posture and safe execution become more and more important as you stack on weight. The Slayer has it all when it comes to strength and endurance, but he also has good posture and an intact spine!

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