How Strong Is Strong Enough?
The question “how strong is strong enough?”
has been asked by many people. Some believe that if they are not stronger than their opponents then they will lose. Others say that it doesn’t matter if you aren’t stronger than your opponent because you won’t win anyway. Still others claim that the only way to become better at something is to train harder and longer.
There is no right answer to this question. There are however some things that everyone should know before making up their mind.
Strength Training: Strength training is the process of increasing muscle mass through exercise. While strength training may increase muscle mass, it does not make someone stronger or give them superhuman abilities like superpowers. A person with good genetics can achieve similar results from lifting weights as someone without such genes could from jumping rope or playing sports.
Athletic Performance: Athletic performance refers to the ability of an individual to perform physical activities requiring speed, agility, balance, coordination and strength. These skills are necessary for performing various tasks required by daily life such as driving a car or operating machinery. If one lacks these skills, they cannot function effectively in any field of endeavor. For example, a person who is unable to walk down stairs would have little chance of being able to operate heavy equipment safely or work as a janitor.
The mental condition also plays a part in performance. For example, studies have shown that people are less likely to suffer from depression when they engage in some form of physical activity. Young people with low self-esteem and/or poor social skills tend to gain confidence and make friends through such activities.
Athletic competitions require many of the same skills necessary for performance. An athlete must be in good enough condition to participate in the activity as well as be able to perform in a team environment. A dancer or other performer must have enough endurance to complete their part without becoming tired. Stronger individuals tend to perform better in such activities and may have an advantage over their competition.
What is Strong?
For most people, strength is a combination of two factors. These are muscle mass and physical power. Physical power is the ability to use muscles effectively in movements. A weightlifter must be able to explosively lift a heavy object from the floor to over his head. This requires the muscles to work quickly and with maximum force. A tennis player must hit a small ball into an equally small area on a far wall. They must be able to move their arm quickly and control the speed and direction of the ball.
Muscle mass requires more energy to move and is therefore less efficient in most activities. Nevertheless, many people are attracted to fitness programs that promise weight gain as well as greater strength. Some sports such as football or boxing require a person to be stronger than others. Even though some muscle mass can improve speed and agility, an unnaturally muscular individual will have a hard time competing in most other sports.
What is Quickness?
Quickness refers to the rate in which a person can move their body. An individual with good quickness can reach a stationary object before someone else even though that other person may be taller and have longer limbs. Quickness is essential for most athletic endeavors such as running, jumping, catching and hitting a stationary or moving target. It can also be beneficial in the work place, for example, a quick carpenter can drive nails into wood and remove them far faster than their competition.
Quickness is partly a product of good nutrition, strong muscles and genetics. Many people who possess it tend to learn skills related to speed such as running, jumping and swimming. Others take up dance or martial arts classes to improve their coordination. Quickness is an important factor in most physical activities.
What is Coordination?
Coordination is the ability to combine several movements and processes at once. Most people can move their eyes, heads, hands and feet individually. An individual with good coordination has no problems moving these parts individually or combining them to interact with their environment. Children develop coordination shortly after birth. Most gain the ability to grasp small objects in their hands between four and eight months of age.
Parents usually notice this ability when their babies begin to pull themselves up from lying down position to a sitting position. Most children begin walking between ten and eighteen months of age. They may start by holding on to furniture and then progress to standing and eventually taking steps without anything for support.
Some body functions also require coordination. These include breathing, blinking, speaking, swallowing and hearing. Most people can perform these functions without thinking about them. An individual with poor coordination may have difficulty performing these activities. Coordination problems can make life more difficult for people.
They are also prone to accidents because they lose their balance easily or trip over their own feet.
Good coordination is partly a product of genetics and proper nutrition. It also requires an individual to practice the activity that they want to accomplish. Most people learn through imitation. Children often watch others perform an activity before they try it for themselves. They then repeat this process until they gain the ability to perform the task independently.
A child can learn to ride a bicycle only if they have access to one and have someone to teach them how to do it.
What is Strength?
Physicians and physical therapists use strength as a measurement of how much force someone can exert using their muscles. There are several measurements that fall under the definition of strength including: grip strength, muscle power, isometric, concentric and eccentric strength. Physicians and physical therapists can test and measure all types of strength during an office visit.
Grip Strength: Grip strength is the amount of force someone uses to grip an object such as a hammer or baseball bat. It is measured by asking the patient to squeeze the physician’s hand as hard as they can. Grip strength is an excellent way to measure how well people can hold objects or perform tasks that require a strong grip.
Muscle Power: Muscle power is the amount of force someone uses to move an object, like a tennis player swinging a racket. It is measured by having the patient push or pull against the physician’s resistance.
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