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  • “Strength doesn’t matter”

    Hey guys just wanted your take on this. I noticed (especially in combat sports) that some people seem to have this idea that getting stronger will make you slower. I understand doing low velocity lifts are not “the best” for high velocity training, but I wonder where this idea came from. Maybe it’s my inner (f’aves) (Rip) coming in but getting stronger doesn’t have much of a down side right?!?!
    Seem to me people either have one of two answer for strength training .
    1: getting stronger only makes you slower
    or
    2: smaller people are faster and their for strength doesn’t matter.
    I do understand skill is above all but I could never understand where this idea came from.

  • #2
    I am not sure what logic (if any) they're using, but you'd have to ask them. As a response to your statements:

    1) Getting stronger can make you slower in some cases where the programming is inappropriate for the individual's response to that programming.
    2) Smaller people aren't necessarily faster, as leverage and high velocity force production determine speed. A lighter individual with the same high velocity force production and leverage as a heavier individual would likely be faster though, sure.
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    • sarms209
      sarms209 commented
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      My thought exactly. I think what I typically hear is that because someone that weighs 220lbs has bigger arms(for example) than a 145lb guy they might punch slower. Or again the size might “weight them down more”. ( I know punching is more hip but just and example).
      I wonder though maybe not ‘ top speed’ but would weighing less maybe help in agility and change of direction, say like in football?

  • #3
    I don't think weighing less makes someone faster unless they are able to produce more amount of force at a given velocity than the heavier individual per unit mass. That's typically not how this goes in other sports, as there are very agile, very fast athletes in many different sizes.
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