8/25/2016 Strong Man Training Tips and advice 1/5 Strongman as Sports Specific Conditioning By: Bob Jodoin From Total Performance Sports The study of the science of strength and conditioning for sports is a huge endeavor. There are many differing opinions and there are lots of things that work. The key is to find out what works for your athlete based on their individual differences, strengths, weaknesses and, of course, their sport. Here at Total Performance Sports, we specialize in building fast, powerful and injury resistant athletes. We use many different techniques to do this. We have taken our lessons from powerlifting, Olympic lifting, strongman, oldschool training, track and field, specialized grip training, kettlebell training, America’s best strength coaches, as well as many iron curtain scientists. There is nothing that we won’t try if it fits into an athlete’s regimen at a given time and if it suits that athlete. We even use bodybuilding, although typically as a cautionary tale In this article we are going to talk about the how and why of applying strongman training to improve sports performance. If you have the right equipment, strongman training can even be an excellent tool for fitness, as well as athletics. It has been well established that a sturdy foundation is highly important. There is a time and place within your sports preparation to build up this sort of strength. Core strength, or stability and torsional power in the midsection are also an extremely important aspect of sport, and are industry buzzwords today. It is also understood that you need a high degree of sport skill training and speed training. Proper timing of these elements should be placed accordingly within your training and a good coach will know how to do it. Throughout our study and experience with strongman training, we find that the events in strongman offer many highly adaptable sport specific benefits in more than one phase of your training schedule when using appropriate loading parameters. Naturally, your athletes won’t use the same weights one would use in a Strongman contest. The competitive sport of strongman requires limit strength, speedstrength, anaerobic threshold, core stability, strengthendurance, dynamic flexibility, grip strength and also involves the ability to move quickly while bearing tremendous weights. It doesn’t take an in depth analysis to realize that many of these aspects are highly desired in sport, especially those sports of a combative nature. Many actions in sport require that force, originating in the legs, be delivered to an implement or an opponent. This is one of the reasons that squatting is so important. A coordinated effort of the entire body, where the action begins at the feet and ends with a concerted production of force requires that you learn proper timing, balance and stability to produce the most efficient speed and power. This
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- Fall '14
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