WHY EMPHASIZE SPEED OF SPORT? Conventional wisdom says that lifting more weight is better, running farther is better, and working out longer is better. It’s an attractive way to look at training for a lot of reasons — one being that it’s a simple, quantifiable way to see progress. But we all know this is too simple to be true.
Granted, sometimes a sport is as simple as that, like running a marathon. You either get to the finish line in time or you don’t. But in other sports, being a “good athlete” doesn’t have anything to do with how far you can run, how much weight you can lift, or how long you can work out before you need to quit. Usually, success in sports depends on your ability to move your body in a very specific way — and at a specific speed.
Read on to learn how the speed and type of your training affect the structure of your muscles — and how you can use this to be a better athlete.
Because different degrees of force output engage different muscle fibers, the speed of your training is important to your success as an athlete.