Strength being one of the key factors is indeed one of the most prevalent in both sport and high athletic careers.
Fire fighters, police officers, football players and fighters all need a sound base of absolute strength to withstand the consistent demand for high output weight manipulation. How do we accomplish without neglecting the rest of our athleticism? Periodized and programmed strength training. Progressive strength programming, more specifically percentage based programming, can remain the undercurrent for almost any period within an individual’s programming. Though for specialized athletes, this would be less than logical given the necessity for skill sets and demand to perform… individuals such as strength athletes, track and field athletes and some of the more obviously well rounded sport performers can more easily apply a consistent strength base throughout their periodized program.
Agility and endurance come from the most basic concept of human output and one of our key baselines since the beginning of time.
Only the most agile and strong ate and survived, and those who could not hang would end up getting eaten instead. Higher output means consistent conditioning work. I don’t mean just higher reps so your biceps peak… I’m talking everyone’s taboo best friend, “Cardio”. One’s ability to expend and utilize energy/oxygen (VO2 Max), and the lactic acid threshold to support can make or break someone’s output. Though Absolute Strength assists greatly in one’s ability to withstand manipulating weight within space and time, cardiovascular conditioning results in the overall output. Utilizing techniques such as interval formatting, strength speed work, and progressive time under tension an individual can greatly increase their ability to withstand the pressures of performing for long periods and recovering appropriately.
Mobility and health I consider like subjects in many aspects and I am not just talking getting flexy at Yoga once a week and glancing at the blonde in front…
Mobilization through healthy stretching is just part of what I consider a much broader scope, recovery. Your recovery is key… Sleep, nutrition, mobilization and self-care practices such as myofascial release or trigger point therapy greatly increase the human body’s ability to recover from high demand to be able to perform optimally again. Why is this important to staying well rounded? It’s simple… you are not balanced if you can’t perform optimally, regularly. If your performance slacks consistently then you are missing one of the key factors to maintaining that balance. Recovery and personal maintenance is another consistent and regular facet of an Athlete’s program resulting in a healthy and highly enduring professional.
Written by Rob Saeva of No Coast Strength and Conditioning
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