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September 8, 2012By coach Silva of Next Level Athletics Sports
Strength Training Section
NLA Strength Training Protocols take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm ONLY at Gracie Barra Katy.
This program has proven to make athletes bigger, better, stronger, faster during their season. It is possible to maintain strength and power gains from the off-season as your season wears on.
Why go through the entire off-season program, increase your strength and power to only find yourself losing your edge over your competition. The the Pros at NLA show you how to stay at the top of your game week after week, even in December.
Our athletes prove time and time again to be some of the strongest athletes at their respective schools. Our protocols allow athletes to excel at the highest levels due to the components discussed in the article below.
Our Strength Program is only $100.00 per month including gym membership!
Let the Pros at NLA show you how easy it to be Bigger, Faster, Better, Stronger!
Strength training is an essential element of fitness for virtually every sports man and woman. Long gone are the days when coaches believed resistance exercises only added unnecessary bulk to the athlete, hindering their ability to execute skill.
The benefits of strength training to athletic performance are enormous and many. Not only is it an integral conditioning component for power athletes such as football and rugby players, performance in the pure endurance events can be improved with a well-structured strength routine.
However, aside from perhaps bodybuilders, sport-specific resistance training requires a more refined approach than simply lifting heavy weights to complete exhaustion. A physiological analysis of any game or event will confirm that most athletes require explosive power, muscular endurance, maximal strength or some combination of all three in order to excel. Rarely is pure muscle bulk the primary concern and when it is, other elements of strength are equally as important.
Elements of a Strength Training Program
Maximal strength training can improve exercise economy and endurance performance (2,3). Interestingly, it does not appear to lead to a significant increase in muscle hypertrophy (4).
An athlete can be exceptionally strong but lack substantial power due to an inability to contract muscle quickly. Power training is used to improve the rate of force production and a range of methods such as plyometrics can be employed to convert maximal strength into explosive power.
Strength endurance can be developed through circuit training or the use of low weights and high repetitions. However, many strength endurance programs are inadequate for endurance-based sports - a set of 15-20 repetitions for example does not condition the neuromuscular system in the same way as a long distance event.
It also allows more specific elements of strength to be built on a solid and more general fitness foundation. Athletes cannot progress week-in week-out indefinitely so periodization permits variations in intensity and volume to promote performance enhancements for as long as possible.