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Strength is important for the obvious reasons. The ability to overpower one’s opponent with sheer force is a huge advantage when it comes to sports.

An athlete has to be on the field of play in order to be effective. Maintaining health is key. Core training is crucial due to the fact that the core involves your rectus abdominus, intercostals, obliques, transverse abs, lower back and all of the deep spinal muscles located between the pelvis and the lower back. Specific core training is great and while this helps work the core it does little for the rest of the body. Athletes who perform heavy, intense and consistent work for the large muscles of the body develop a very strong core. Exercises such as squats, deadlifts, power cleans, bench presses, shoulder presses, curls, extensions, lateral raises, chinups, dips, as well as situps, crunches, and leg raises all work the core and abdominal area very effectively.

Strength is obviously very important because the ability to control your opponent at a moment’s notice is a huge advantage. No matter what sport you play, one needs to be strong in order to play effectively. Although there are many ways to increase ones strength, weight training is the most effective way. As discussed earlier, the basic exercises are the most effective. Bench presses, squats, deadlifts and cleans are four movements that are performed by every professional sports team in the country. Training hard and consistent and really giving it your all is a must, but getting the proper nutrition and rest is also very important. One can train well but if the food you eat is garbage and you are into partying and staying out late at night, you will never reach your potential. Proper training, nutrition, supplementation and rest is crucial. Picture having the fastest car in your town but not having any gas in it. The car is not going to go anywhere. The same could be said with training.

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