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Key Elements of Fitness #1 - Strength

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Strength – the extent to which muscles can exert force by contracting against resistance (holding or restraining an object or person)

This training workbook devoted to understanding strength and strength training is a part of our Essential Fitness series of nine workbooks, each dedicated to one crucial element of overall fitness and performance. These reports are available in convenient PDF format for immediate download. No waiting for delivery! The official price of this workbook is $15, but through our special offer, you'll pay only $8.99 (£5.57)!


Can your body exert enough strength to meet the requirements of your event?

The nature of strength is always difficult to define. The strong runner, the strong shot-putter and the strong jumper clearly have little in common, yet we consistently group strength attributes together as if we are looking for the same result for each event.

In Strength we acknowledge that different events/sports need different ‘strengths’, and different ‘strengths’ require different training methods.

So we begin the discussion by identifying the various forms of strength required by competitors in different sports. Then we go into the specifics of how you go about building the kind of strength needed for your sport. For example, we set out a land-based strength training programme designed for swimmers, based on the mechanics of the front crawl stroke. We tell you exactly how to perform each exercise and how many sets and repetitions to perform. And we provide full details of a strength training regime for runners, and explain how best to go about designing strength training for women athletes.

Want to know how you measure up in terms of strength? Simply use our upper body strength test to see how well you’re doing – and what you need to do to build greater reserves. We provide all the diagrams and tables you need for self-testing at home or in the gym.

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