The Value of Strength Training

Typically when someone talks about the importance of strength, it is commonly in the context of sport performance. Strength is always better, chiefly when two equally-matched athletes face off, since the advantage is on the side of the stronger individual. This notion is not too hard to accept as it is seen constantly in professional sports like rugby and the MMA, among others. However, it is also quite pertinent to endurance sports where it has been recurrently shown that making endurance athletes stronger increases time to collapse (i.e., they can run further distances) and cuts running event time (i.e., they can run quicker). But strength has also long been known as a strong backer to cultivating quality of life. When someone becomes stronger, they often feel better about their capacity to partake in life and its tasks, especially since it allows them to do more and engage in said activities with more vigour. Whether it is something as trifle as being capable of opening a jar or something as momentous as bearing a soldier wounded in an unending firefight and undertaking a sequence of sprints in an effort to capture a suspect, strength can keep you nourished and it can even save your life.As a matter of fact, an investigation in the ‘British Medical Journal’ submits that if you are in the top third of the populace with respect to strength, you are less likely to die from virtually every cause known to man (i.e., accidents, disease, combat, etc.). These investigators found, as you might believe, that those in the bottommost third of strength died faster than the other two thirds. This sets up a rather thought-provoking idea, the stronger you are the more likely you are to endure!
Kilgore, Lon. Anatomy without a scalpel. Iowa Park, Tex.: Killustrated Books, 2010.

Kilgore, Lon, and Michael Hartman. Fit. Iowa Park, Tex.: Killustrated Books, 2011.

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