Wednesday, April 14, 2010


By Paul Rogers

Historically, training with weights for sports has been regarded as the domain of power sports like football and track sprinting and field sports like shot put and discus and hammer throwing.

It's not difficult to see why: These sports are obviously populated by large and well-muscled athletes who ooze power and strength.

Gradually, though, athletes who play team sports have added weight training, since particular aspects of the game required power and strength -- hitting and throwing in baseball, jumps in basketball, even golf swings.

Now professional trainers realize that just about any sport has elements of power and strength requirements, so strength training is used to help people like marathoners and Tour de France riders, who traditionally did not do weight training because it was perceived to be of little or no benefit and might even cause problems. READ