Strength Training For Athletes With Josh Dowson
A lot of people think the key to improving your running time is by well, running. And Although it is very important, developing the strength of your muscles ultimately helps you not only run faster, but reduce your likely hood of injury.
Allow me to explain.
First of all, let me take you to the very source, your Muscles.
Once you have a greater understanding of Muscles, you can then understand why it is so important to keep them strong. So,
What are "Muscles"?
What does "Muscle" Mean?
But won't I get heavier and slower from strength training?
What happens to my muscles when I strength train?
*Side note 1*
Protein is essential for the recovery of these rips. protein helps speed up the recovery process and is the key ingredient in the growth of the muscles.
*Side note 2*
OVER-TRAINING: When you over train, your body isn't getting chance to recover, those rips aren't healing and you are at increasing risk of tears or ruptures.
How does it reduce my risk of injury?
I'll keep it simple,
- The stronger your muscles and the more they are used to being under extra tension, the harder it is to tear the fibres.
- The more muscle you have around a joint, the more protection that joint has, meaning less impact is being forced into the joint (as its being absorbed by the muscles).
- Your Muscles can Stretch further before they tear, so you can push that little bit harder without worrying your going to hurt yourself.
Example of strength training session for athletes
Below is an example of a typical session in the gym you can do to help develop muscle.
This session's focus is building the strength and endurance of muscles, not increasing the Mass.
Round 4: Core
How important is recovery?
You need to take as much time to plan rest, as you do training. Effective recovery allows for increased performance and enjoyment from what your doing. If your always tired, you will be seriously demotivated and find it hard to maintain your performance.
The use of Recovery shakes after Strength sessions helps speed up the repair process of those 'Rips' building them stronger, so the next time you do the session, you can not only lift more, but go longer before they Rip again.
Efficient recovery also allows the energy lost from your body to be recovered (good nutrition and enough good sleep helps with this) helping mood stay positive and performance high.
Josh is a great ambassador to Team KMC and also a highly experienced Health & Fitness PT.
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