Other than elite athletes, what is weight training good for? Most of my friends that are exceptional athletes rarely lift, the ones that lift and are big are uncoordinated, unathletic, unflexible, out-of-shape useless tools.
It’s definately not to look good because it’s been proven that sprints and bodyweight excercises will build a proportioned, functional body that is far more attractive to the opposite sex than a deformed, out of shape, bulked up, unathletic weight lifting build.
It’s not for improved real-life functional strength for work etc. Most weight training simply does not carry over to real world activities and most really strong individuals such as farmers and lumber jacks never touch a weight.
So why do it, if the only thing you get from it is being able to say you lifted 10 more pounds than 2 months ago on a certain lift? In those two months you also gained a little weight, look a little worse and are a little more unathletic. YES!! Just what I want!!
Okay, this was one of the most dumbass posts ever, but in my opinion Pound4Pound does have a point…really…I’m serious.
I’m a huge supporter of deadlifts, squats, and some other basic lifts, but they are not absolutely necessary to build a fantastic athlete. Using a combinationg of sprinting, plyos, bodyweight exercises, and EMS one can make a freak of an athlete. Sure squatting builds leg strength, but so does EMS, if you have access to it. Iso work also does a great job of transferring strength when combined with explosive movements.
I have seen cases where the best athletes don’t touch weights and I’ve also seen weights take away someone’s agility and reactivity. I myself fell into the trap of lifting to heavy while neglecting other aspects of fitness and it slowed me down for a while. However, not that I’ve returned to the track, I’m faster and more powerful than ever.
So, to try and sum things up, weights are a good thing when used correctly, but they are not totally necessary and have the potential to decrease athletic performance if relied upon exclusively.