Excerpt from the CTP Guide:
“One of the biggest errors you can make is thinking that maximum muscle strength does not play a role in your sport. We’ll talk about why this idea is wrong (for each and every athlete) in a minute, but first take a look at the following facts about strength:
- Strength is easy
- Strength is safe
- Strength is fast
- Strength is accessible
There is absolutely no downside to becoming strong! And when it comes to your loftiest athletic goals, strength is what will push you over the top.
Generally, there are two reasons an athlete may be avoiding a strength program:
- It’s unfamiliar to them. We’re all afraid of and uncomfortable with the unknown. That’s fine. This chapter is here to get you more comfortable with the idea that even you can–and should–be extremely strong to excel at your sport (yes even you–distance triathlete)
- An authority figure told them it was bad for their health and/or dangerous. Beware the anecdote of that one guy who got hurt in the gym that one time. Beware the health professional that knows an extraordinary amount about anatomy and disease, but very little amount exercise physiology. And beware the colleague/competitor that declares you don’t need weights because “after all I’ve never used them.” Statistically speaking, a strength training program for maximum strength is one of the safest things an athlete can do.
The fact remains, if you want to reach your full physical potential, you must become exceptionally strong to be exceptional. If you don’t want to reach your full physical potential–then why are you starting this training program?”