Make sure to balance all the areas of athletic development, to become a well rounded athlete.
Let’s clear things up first and foremost: just because you are a bodybuilder, for example, does not make you an “athlete,” by definition.
Having athleticism is not merely about being big and strong. You may look better than certain athletes, and be bigger, and be stronger, but that does not equate to being athletic. Athleticism isn’t just about being big and strong.
There is a very, VERY strong article that the geniuses over at T-Nation.com recently wrote about…
Here’s what you need to know…
- Athleticism requires movement quality, coordination, strength, and speed – in that order.
- It’s a lot easier to pack on size and strength if you’re flexible and move well.
- Focus only on movements that have the highest carryover to other things.
When it comes to athleticism, the general adage is that you will be forced to give up on a certain aspect of development, to prioritize another area for your given sport or activity. With athletics, unfortunately, you cannot have your cake and eat it too.
Your Sport Takes Priority When Training
Let’s take boxing for example: in order to be a successful fighter, you need to box. You need to spar, you need to hit the heavy bag, you need to work the mitts with a trainer, and so on and so forth.
Weight lifting can be good for boxing too, obviously, but it is not a staple and it does not take priority over boxing specific training. That is what we mean by having to give up one aspect of training to focus on a more “important” one. And note, I say important loosely, because when it comes to athleticism, EVERYTHING is important! Continue Reading…