Almost all physical activities incorporate the elements of force (strength), quickness, endurance, and range of motion, or some combination of these elements. Athletes vary in their talent to perform certain patterns of movement. Trained, or genetic, skill in the areas of strength, speed, and endurance play an important role in an athlete’s ability to reach high levels of performance; these abilities are called dominant motor or bio motor abilities. Motor refers to movement, and the prefix bio indicates the biological importance of these abilities.
Success in training and competition is not determined solely by an athlete’s genetic potential, however. Athletes who strive for perfection in training with methodical planning-periodization and determination can reach the podium or help their teams win major championships or tournaments.
Although talent is extremely important, an athlete’s ability to focus on training and relax in competition can represent the difference in achievement. To move beyond inherited talent, strength, or genetic potential, an athlete must focus on physiological adaptation in training and gain confidence in their abilities.
A weak athlete, no matter how skilled or genetically gifted, will be limited in their potential for speed and agility. Therefore, skills should not be the foundation of sports. Skills belong at the top of the progression pyramid; strength should form the foundation of that pyramid.
Athletic enhancement is the goal of our Sports Performance Training programs. Focus is placed on enhancing overall strength, followed by training to use strength to produce more speed, better agility, and greater outputs of power. As the program progresses the athlete will realize increased flexibility, overall conditioning, and confidence.