There has been a vast improvement in the overall speed, size and power displayed in all sports over the last 10 years. Athletes are by and large bigger, stronger and faster then their predecessors of yesteryear.
Strength training has made the single, most positive contribution to this type of improvement.
Today strength training influences every athletic program in the country, no matter what the sport - male or female. Athletes now find it necessary to lift weights and participate in conditioning programs to better prepare themselves for the competitive rigors of the athletic season.
The Importance Of Muscular Strength
It has been proven that athletic performance depends either directly or indirectly on qualities of muscular strength. The primary function of the 600+ muscles in the body is to contract in order to cause movement in body parts. Only muscle can cause movement.
The stronger your muscles and the more forceful the contractions are in relationship to your own bodyweight, the faster you will run, swim, bike, the higher you will jump, the farther you will throw and the harder you will hit. It's that simple! Not to mention, having a basis of muscular strength is important to avoid injury.
Maximum strength is the backbone upon which all other strength qualities lie. You'll hear me talk a lot about being fast and the importance of speed, power, reactive ability etc.
All of these qualities of strength are important, but truthfully, unless you have enough raw horsepower in your engine you won't be going anywhere or doing anything in a hurry! In this case you can think of horsepower and maximum strength as being synonymous.
While only powerlifters and Olympic lifter need to maximize and demonstrate maximum strength in competition, all athletes need to develop maximum strength as a foundation for other such as explosive strength, reactive strength, strength endurance, agility and others.
For this reason, absolute muscular strength must first be brought to optimal levels and simultaneously blended into strength that you can use for your sport, or "functional" strength.
Improving basic absolute strength has long been the most efficient way to improve speed, agility, jumping ability and explosiveness in sports. In fact, Romanian strength and periodization specialist Tudor Bompa suggests that "No visible increments of power or speed-strength (force x velocity) are possible without clear gains in maximal strength." Why is this?
Well, if you increase your strength, you also increase the amount of force you can generate. All things being equal the more force you can apply in a movement (each foot contact during a run, power in a cycling pedal stroke, amount of force you apply when you jump, throw, etc); the faster you'll move, the higher you'll jump, the farther you'll throw etc.
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