WEIGHTLIFTING FOR ATHLETES
Sit tight, grab some popcorn, maybe even throw in a good drink, and listen up folks.
WEIGHTLIFTING FOR ATHLETES. This is a topic I'm deeply passionate about because one, I studied this in school, and two, I am a coach. However, too many athletes, parents, coaches, etc are SO misinformed.
"Lifting makes you slow." "Athletes need to focus on their sport vs lifting." "Lifting is too physically demanding for high school sports." "Girl sports don't need to lift as much." "Lifting in the morning is asking too much of athletes." "Lifting is overrated." "Lifting 3x/week or more is bad for athletes." I could go on, but I'll spare you the BS that all of those commonly used "excuses" already are.
1) Lifting doesn't make you slow. Lifting makes you stronger which in return will make you move more efficiently and with more ease. If you don't stretch properly or condition yourself properly, you will be slow. Lifting has nothing to do with that.
2) Every single sport has one common component that can make an athlete stand out against the next - their strength.
3) High school kids are in their prime. This is the time where they can handle most anything that is physically demanding. Don't make excuses when they already have enough.
4) Do I really need to comment? Girls, if anything, need to focus more on their strength because of their build. Please ask anyone in the MBC what Ellsworth Softball had over any other team - the power to hit the crap out of the ball from majority of their line up. These girls lifted. End of story.
5) For starters, lifting in the morning vs right before or after practice allows your players to not be as physically tired while focusing on maximizing their muscles strength and safety. It also prepares them for college athletics. AND, it allows them to go home after school or practice and get their homework done, dinner on time, and have some free time.
6) What's overrated is the thought that strength plays no component in not only an athletes ability to play a game, but also their health and well being. And last but not least,
7). Ask any college athlete or professional athlete how many days a week they lift. I lifted 4-5x/week as an athlete in HS and now I lift 5-6x/week and I can tell you hands down my athleticism has only grown since.
It's so easy to be misguided by what you hear. Before you speak and try to preach what you don't know, educate yourself. I'll be the first to admit that I don't know everything in the fitness industry that I'd like to, but I'm also the first to admit that I only speak out about what I do know and I'll ask questions to educate myself about what I don't.
So, to all of the athletes, parents and coaches of today, educate yourself.
You're never too good to know it all.