These past few months I have learned a great deal about training and in particular the importance of strength training. Strength is key. Without proper strength development, you will not reach your full potential and will be more susceptible to injuries.
Safety is of the utmost importance. Before you can lift heavy objects you must first have proper movement competency. If you can’t do a proper squat or lunge with a straight spine, you won’t be able to perform a loaded squat.
We must first establish spine stabilization prior to strengthening the body. (Cook, Grey 2010)
Once these movement patterns have been corrected, load can then be added. Without muscular strength there will be limited gains in muscular endurance, explosive power and speed. Weak muscles cannot repeat an action several times or be able to sustain it. In order to have muscular endurance, you must have muscular strength.
Improving overall muscular strength leads to increased muscle endurance, power, muscle tone, and tendon and ligament strength – all of which help to improve and maintain everyday functional physical capacity. (Hoeger & Hoeger, 2010, p. 232)
Don’t overlook the importance of strength training in your workout routine.
I am very excited for January 2013! I will be starting to work with my first strength and conditioning coach. I know that this will bring my conditioning and strength to the next level for competeting.