“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.” – Claude Levi-Strauss
The concept of ‘power’ is often associated with physical strength, such as lifting heavy weights or throwing heavy objects. However, in field sports like cricket, baseball, hockey, tennis, and badminton, power is generated through a circuitry pathway of movement, which is distinct from raw strength.
This article is for those people who do not either have access to a gym or they do not like resistance training due to their inborn structure or otherwise. Guys, you can still be powerful.
Muscular strength plays a role in these sports, but the amount required (pls note I am not against it!) varies depending on the specific activity and individual needs. For instance, if someone climbs four floors of stairs every day to reach their home or office, their body will eventually adapt to the task (gain strength with momentum), and they will perform it with ease, without needing additional strength training. In contrast, if someone engages in regular weight training but never climbs stairs, they may excel at weightlifting but not at stair climbing.
While strength is crucial in physical activity, its necessary level depends on individual needs and requirements. In India, where only approx 5% of the population has access to gyms, it’s essential to consider alternatives to strength training. Data has shown that many athletes (in above mentioned sports), including Olympians or fast bowlers from village backgrounds, have achieved success without access to gyms or resistance training.
In my opinion, it’s possible to achieve success in field sports without regular gym or resistance training. The key is to understand the principles of power generation through circuitry pathways of movement, as opposed to relying solely on brute strength.
In conclusion, grasping principles is crucial in determining one’s method for achieving success in sports, rather than blindly relying on methods without considering underlying principles.