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The following is excerpted from Periodization Simplified.

It has been stated that “Strength is a skill.” (185)

The textbook definition of a skill is the capability to produce a performance result with maximum certainty, minimum energy, or minimum time, developed as a result of practice. (186) The definition of skill is almost synonymous with “Optimal technique (form)” that is defined as a way of moving that allow the athlete/fitness client to use his/hers physical abilities to the fullest without. (82)

In the context of strength and conditioning (strength training, jump/throw training and speed/energy systems and cardio respiratory training) optimal technique can be defined as a way of moving that

  1. Allows the athlete/client to lift the heaviest weight possible with the least energy expenditure and with minimal risk of injury OR place maximal/optimal tension on selected structures of the body.
  2. Allows the athlete to project the body or an implement for the greatest height or the longest distance with the least energy expenditure and with minimal risk of injury.
  3. Allows the athlete/client to maintain the highest possible (sub) maximal power output for a desired distance, a desired time or for a maximal number of repetitions with the least energy expenditure and with minimal risk of injury.

Thus, not only strength but also, power, speed and endurance performance can be considered skills.

How does perceiving strength as a skill affect the training program?

 A program design based on seeing the target physical ability as a skill involves “training as often as possible, while staying as fresh as possible.” (187)

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