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Moving Weight is Good. Moving Your Body is Better

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A sprinter's top concerns: Moving fast off the block, then moving fast through space. Why do a single hamstring curl, ever? A sprinter’s top concerns: Moving fast off the block, then moving fast through space. Why do a single hamstring curl, ever?

Resistance training has crafted a spot atop a pedestal in the fitness industry, for its obvious benefits: advances in strength, explosiveness and muscle mass.

An athlete, however, should take some time to consider the type of resistance used in training, and then consider exactly how the body works to move — not just to force objects through space, but to control the body through space efficiently and effectively.

Most athletes will be concerned with the latter, but training as if their focus is the former. Meaning: In all competitive sports, an athlete will need to move himself (running, jumping, swimming); in skill sports, he’ll need to move himself and an object (baseball, javelin, shot put); in contact sports, he’ll need to move himself and a competitor (martial arts, wrestling). Then…

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