Monthly Archives: November 2014

Why is Strength & Conditioning so important for the aspiring athlete

Many clients ask why is it so important to have S&C built into their training programmes, these 3 simple reasons alone tell us why.

1. Injury prevention
A good S&C programme should address flexibility issues. It should also help with addressing or eliminating any muscle imbalances which could lead to injuries and an athlete being sidelined for weeks or even months. A car chassis is an important part of a car, look after yours!

2. Stronger athletes
Who would have guessed it, stronger you say? It makes logical sense that focussing on S&C in the long term will make you a stronger athlete. It does not replace running, cycling or swimming but adds to it. A well developed S&C programme will target areas of the body that sometimes get overlooked in training. It should make you feel noticeably stronger and help deal with the constant training stress placed on the body.

3. Faster athletes
Increases in strength, flexibility and sport specific demands allow athletes to create more force with each step. Combined with good running mechanics, a S&C program allows athletes to work longer and harder in developing their skills resulting in an increase in acceleration and speed.

You can be sure if you are an Ascent athlete, S&C is an area we do not neglect, we help build a more resilient, stronger and faster athlete.

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Inspiration corner

“You’re never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka

“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” – Jim Valvano

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” – Dan Gable

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali

“What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” – Dean Smith

“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

“Win If You Can, Lose If You Must, But NEVER QUIT!” – Cameron Trammell

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley

“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” – Ronnie Lott

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” – Lou Holtz

“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis