Strength Training blog post 1: Weight Training to Improve Sports
Learn how to improve your sports performance through correct strength training
Are you wanting to IMPROVE your SPORTS PERFORMANCE, but you’re not quite sure how to do that? Are you finding that you have repetitive niggles here and there that you just can’t seem to shake off? Have you done any strength training before? Are you curious about how strength training can help you?
What a lot of sportsmen miss is that performing your sports and practicing your technique day in and day out sometimes just is NOT enough. Of course, it is super important to develop your game, but focusing on JUST the GAME doesn’t quite cut it the majority of the time.
Weight or strength training is an essential element of fitness for virtually every sports man and woman. Gone are the days when coaches believed resistance exercises only added unnecessary bulk to the athlete, hindering their ability to execute skill. Weight training actually does the opposite – it enables the body to strengthen specific planes in order to execute correct movement with higher STRENGTH.
The benefits of strength training to athletic performance are vast. It is an integral conditioning component for power athletes such as football and rugby players and it has been proven that performance in the pure endurance events can be improved with a well-structured strength routine.
Aside from perhaps bodybuilders, sport-specific resistance training requires a more refined approach than simply lifting heavy weights to complete exhaustion. An analysis of any game or event will confirm that most athletes require explosive power, muscular endurance, maximal strength or some combination of all three in order to excel. Rarely is pure muscle bulk the primary concern and when it is, other elements of strength are equally as important.
Addressing each component of a sport and training to better each of these components will help the athlete EXCEL in performance, and greatly REDUCE RISK OF INJURY! This can largely be done by adding weight training into a sportsmen training regimen. Remember, this needs to be done properly and MUST be completely STRUCTURED and INDIVIDUALISED!
Over the next few weeks I am going to be teaching you WHY and HOW and giving you the opportunity to understand how you can implement weight training in your performance program.
READ our next blog post on STRENGTH TRAINING FOR SPORTS, so learn more about how you can improve your sports performance!
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