WHY YOU SHOULD DO MAXIMAL STRENGTH TRAINING.
Whether your goal is to be more athletic, have more speed, more muscle, more explosiveness, or more power, you have to get stronger. And although there is not real “injury prevention” exercise, building max strength can help increase your durability and reduce the risk of injury.
Training maximally increases your bodies explosiveness, workload capacity and neuromuscular efficiency. In other words, you will become a better athlete.
The stronger muscular recruitment patterns you have and more efficient you’re able to move, the more your body will effectively adapt and progress to other training modalities and stimulus placed on it.
As an athlete for most sports, you should increase you anaerobic power and endurance. So maximal strength training is absolutely necessary.
It really doesn’t matter what sport you’re in, maximal strength training can help benefit.
Whether you’re a sprinter or an endurance runner, which both have different physical needs, you can benefit from building max strength in your legs. This increases the amount of ground force applied and muscle recruitment to increase propulsion, which would create a longer stride.
Of course, maximal strength has to be converted to the energy requirements of the person or athlete, which is why it requires smart programming, especially if you are in sports or cross train, in order to manage fatigue, stress, and workload. That’s why maximal lifting is programmed to progressive overload to increase work capacity and achieve the desired adaptations and training effect.
The numbers are merely a way to track progress (unless your goal is merely the numbers) and show that your body is improving and getting stronger.
To have a more well rounded body, you should still find activities or ways to be training lactic capacity and aerobic endurance on top of maximal strength training. Again, that depends on your goals or the needs of your specific sport.
No one ever said they hated getting stronger.
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