The Biomotor Abilities

Some confusion arises when endurance athletes and coaches question the need for the force produced in a maximal strength contraction.  Of course, a maximal level of force is not required to complete a stride, cycle revolution, or swim stroke.  So, why then is (maximal) strength considered a critical component for endurance athletes?  Because training maximal strength is the only way to develop synchronous motor unit recruitment, which is the primary requirement for increasing propulsive force and resisting muscular fatigue over long-endurance performances. Continue reading