- Run faster
- Jump higher
- Better agility
- Throw harder/farther
- Hit harder
- Kick harder/farther
- More powerful
- Generate more explosive force
- Improve your sport-specific skill technique
- Move more efficiently
- Reduce the potential for injury
If you answered, “yes,” to any of the above, you’ll need to get stronger, because research says, overwhelmingly, that strength development is the common denominator — the foundation — for improvement in any and all of those areas.
Consult with a strength and conditioning professional and develop a well-designed, total body strength training program that the reflects the demands and movement patterns of your sport or activity. Perform complex exercises that engage multiple muscles and joints — and all major muscle groups — each and every time you workout. Challenge yourself by increasing the intensity, gradually, at regular intervals.
You’ll still need to invest the time and effort necessary to develop your sport-specific skills. For example, if you’re a baseball player or golfer, a knowledgeable coach can help you with your swing mechanics and timing. Strength training will help you to drive the ball.
And you don’t have to be an athlete to reap the benefits of strength training. Getting stronger improves the body’s efficiency for performing everyday tasks like walking up stairs or carrying groceries, while reducing the incidence of aches, pains, and injuries.
Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!