Strength has been at the top of the list for training for many years whether you’re a bodybuilder, athlete, or weekly fitness fanatic. One reason being is that strength underpins a lot of our movements, if you want to run faster or further strength is required, co-ordinating better movement strength is required, to produce force you need strength.
As well as strength another very important factor to consider is how well you move; training strength with faulty movement patterns or a faulty gait or lifting using an incorrect technique may cause injuries or reduce your performance.
Achieving a kind of synchronisation in your movement, by training your movement to become smoother and more efficient, building stability and balance in your motion. If you are off balance or out of position your body will be forced to compensate and you will not be as strong or move as well.
Consider the endurance runner who lands heavier on one foot as he/she runs, this can be difficult to pick up without analysing, but can affect performance over time. There could be a number of issues including an asymmetrical strength difference, an incorrect fitting or faulty running shoe, a restricted ankle joint, or a faulty movement pattern that has developed over time shifting body weight more to one side as the person runs.
Correcting the faulty movement pattern would be the most important as this would allow the runner to progress into a smoother running gait. This may have to be trained by Improving body awareness, dynamic balance and coordination rather than strength which would be used after the corrected movement was achieved.
In the runner shown in the video clip see the difference in running technique after only 6 sessions of coaching.
Improving movement in a teenager using the dynamic movement skills system
Although strength is important consider other variables that may need training like balance, movement patterns, stability and co-ordination. If you are not improving in your sport and putting in more practice sessions, your movement may need to be assessed and corrected outside the sport.