Unless you are a strength athlete and your sport is something like powerlifting or Olympic weightlifting, you don’t need to weight train until you have first learned the basic skills for your particular sport. All athletes usually learn their respective sports first when they are in their formative years before they ever venture into a weight room and squat with a barbell. Coaches condition the sport into their athletes first before they strength train them. Only after they are well grounded in their sport should they start weight training. When the athlete gets older and starts putting on their adult body weight, this is the ideal time to start them on a strength program. The obvious motivation behind strength training with weights for sports is in developing explosive power, significant muscle mass, neuromuscular conditioning, endurance performance, and competitive integrity. Football and rugby players need strong posterior chains comprised of sinewy hamstrings, industrial strength cores and fortified backs to run that ball to the goal. The not so obvious motivation or reason to get athletes strong is to protect them from injury. In contact sports such as football or mixed martial arts, hard time spent in a power rack will translate to fewer injuries in the arena. This is especially true as an athlete ages.
There is a question about bodyweight training that sometimes creates an agitation or conflict within the psyches of exercise aficionados. They think they have to do either weight training or bodyweight training as if each is a religion unto itself. They are not belief systems. Read More →
First off, weight training for swimming is not just another trendy thing. Your competitive swimming rivals are using sports specific training. If they are doing it and it’s working for them and you are not doing it, then they will probably beat you. The water is both a resistance and liquid medium that you glide through. In swimming you are using pulling, pushing and kicking motions to propel yourself forward. Resistance exercises that mimic these movements will improve the speed and power of your strokes. That should be enough to get you started with some sort of dry land anaerobic […] Read More →
Believe it or not, although triathlon competitions have been a growing phenomenon for some time, and a scheduling staple for many cable sports channels, there is still scant research to show definite relationships between triathlon training and weight training. Despite the lack of adequate studies, however, many athletes and coaches alike believe there is a benefit. Read More →
Sports specific training can achieve a stronger and speedier athletic performance because the main characteristic of most specificity exercises is that they closely resemble the individuated body mechanics in your particular sport. Read More →
The goal of the mixed martial artist must be to not only learn striking and grappling techniques but to also develop the stamina to sustain these activities for long periods of time. Stamina is the combination of strength and endurance. To attain stamina, the strength and conditioning of the mixed martial artist must be of a hybrid nature. Read More →
A pro football game is an instance of war. Players have to be in hitting shape. A typical tackle is very much like driving a car at 40 miles per hour and then crashing into a brick wall. How do the players stand it? Simple, they grow up playing the game and through the years get used to getting constantly banged up both giving and receiving tackle after tackle. Read More →
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