Some people (mainly girls) worry that they will get too big if they lift weights. For the athlete in a sport with weight classes, that's a problem. So if you lift, will you bulk up?
Strength training is not a current innovation. Egyptian tombs demonstrate pictures of lifting sacks loaded with sand and stone performing swinging and tossing work outs. These sorts of things were likewise prevalent in early Germany, Scotland, and Spain.
The Bulgarian weightlifters won lots of medals in the Olympics during the eighties when they were coached by Abadijev and this is the technique he created.
This is one you most often see done wrong in the gym (if you see anyone doing it at all). This is a very big lift that makes you want to roll over and die while you're doing it and makes you feel like the Hulk after you crush a heavy set.
The 5x5 program is probably the most popular out there for strength gains, and I think it's awesome for any new lifter who wants to start lifting heavy. I'll keep this simple so you can go right to the gym with this.
Some people only focus on higher rep ranges that work the type I fibers because they want better endurance, but there's a big drawback. Higher rep ranges are terrible at increasing your power output, meaning you can't move faster, jump higher or hit harder.
It would be nice if we could spend less time with our weight training. So if you could only do one lift, what would it be? The correct answer is the deadlift. (We appreciate you putting up with the pop ups!) No mater what sport you're in, unless it's chess or spelling bees, having strong … Continue reading Deadlift: The Best Weight Lifting Exercise to Improve your Performance
The most important thing we want to get out of strength training is carryover to our sport. If your sport involves grappling or grabbing of any kind, training with a thick implement in your upper body lifts is a nice hack to get more carryover to your performance.
The main benefit to the athlete here is an improved ability to control and contract your muscles. That translates to more force and speed.
You have to mentally commit to each rep. You have to forget everything else, step up to the bar, grip it as tight as you can and drive through the rep with all of your focus.