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No More Imbalances May 7, 2013 in Must Read Training by Edwin Chew

Strength has been widely recognised as the most important quality for superior sports performance.

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No doubt, the strongest and fastest stands a higher chance to win.

Everyone wants to be strong.  If you are strong in the gym, everyone will look at you when you train. You feel great and you walk around with your head held high. It is not your fault. Your favourite sports athlete looks strong. All the action Heroes in movies has big muscle. In other words, Strong is cool and lifting heavy in the gym is the top priority for many athletes.

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 Let’s take a look at what are the important qualities for sports performance.

  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Speed
  • Endurance

In Sports, every athlete needs the four of the above qualities.

If the only thing that an athlete focuses on training is Strength, his body will start to develop major imbalances.

 

* Remember – Imbalances are the cost of injuries.

 

And one of the most important quality to work on is flexibility.

However, flexibility training is often neglected.

The reason is simple; it is boring and does not look cool at all.

Imagine a 16 years old telling his friends – I didn’t train at the gym today, I spend 30mins stretching at home instead. Trust me; his friends will think that he is a joke.

 

For someone who suffers from pains and tightness, there is a high chance that you are lacking flexibility.

Start adding stretches as part of your training regime. It is one of the best ways to improve recovery and correct imbalances.

 

In the following video, I just finished my pre training stretches and activation work.

I saw a video of a modified single leg squat and decided to give it a shot.

(not part of my training programme)

To be honest it was tough and I was surprise I had the flexibility and mobility to do it.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUsQcm3CNSI

 

Looks like the past months of stretching was really useful.

I am happy to know that I am not having major imbalances and I strongly suggest everyone to add in stretching as part of your training.

Learn to put your ego and the heavy weights aside.

Improve your flexibility, avoid imbalances and be injury free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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