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The benefits of strength training have been well documented over recent years. Most elite athletes are aware of the benefits for general health and sports performance. Many recreational and competitive athletes endeavor to include it in their regular training programs but with busy lives, full training weeks, work, study and family commitments it's often the first thing to be left out when they become tired and stressed! A recently published article is instrumental in highlighting the importance of strength development in sports performance. The article 'The importance of muscular strength in athletic performance' concludes that higher levels of strength lead to improved performance in...

For most endurance athletes the pre-season or early base phase usually consists of lower intensity and duration of endurance training which provides a great opportunity to improve maximal strength through regular strength training sessions. Strength training is safe and effective for most athletes and should be included as part of any comprehensive training program.   The benefits are huge, not only in enhancing athletic development but reducing the risk of injury and numerous health benefits, especially for older athletes. The initial phases of strength training aim to develop basic levels of strength and lay the foundations for greater workloads and higher intensity sports specific...

Having spent time across multiple sports including boxing, rugby, weightlifting, powerlifting, and other endurance based sports, the greatest aspect to concentrate on is - “in this sport, where should the optimal expression of power be positioned on the force-velocity curve?”   I like to utilise the method of post-activation potentiation (PAP).   What is this? It is a short-term improvement in performance (power exercise) following a conditioning activity (strength exercise). This short-term improvement is thought to be related to an increased potentiation of motor units following a high motor unit activity in the muscle. An example of this is an improvement in counter movement...