A good question for all coaches is “How much is too much?” We should ask this about all forms of programming, but it is perhaps most important in regards to strength as that is where many people overdo it. The tendancy is to think more is always better. But eventually we all learn that it isn’t the case. Adam Nelson, recently wrote about how he discovered this in his own career:
“And then it hit me that there is only correlation between maximum strength and power. The less your sport resembles a weight room exercise the less you need to focus on maximum strength. It seems to me that understanding this little nugget is key to maintaining a high level of performance well into your middle ages.”
-Olympic Champion Adam Nelson
On this episode of the podcast we discuss where to draw that line in training for a variety of sports and some useful training philosophies that can help ensure your training priorities are correct.
The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading on the topic:
- After announcing his comeback to chase the master’s world record, Olympic champion Adam Nelson wrote a follow up post about how his priorities have changed now. There is such a thing as too strong.
- Nelson talked about this a bit more in 2012 in my interview with him.
- Nick’s case study from March shows that the minimum thresholds are actually much lower than you may think. A plan focused on overall development will surely also get you enough strength along the way.
- When trying to determine how much strength is enough, it is important to remember that the end goal is the rate of force production for most sports, not the maximum force you can generate. There is a big difference between the two.
- In the end, this all comes down to transfer of training. There is no point in doing something that is simply going to feed your ego and not going to make you a better athlete. For more on this topic, check out Bondarchuk’s book Transfer of Training in Sports or, at the very least, our review of it for a discussion on the topic.