Bodybuilding Training Article from

Weight Lifting and Weight Training - Chapter 10

Home Gym Equipment

Individual Stations

Folding Bench Press

Adjustable Combo Bench

Flat Bench

Heavy Flat Bench

Adjustable Spotter Bench

Bench Press Spotter

Basic Bench Press

Self Spotter Rack

Power Cage

Hip Sled

Dumbbell Bench

Smith Machine Bench

Jones Machine

Back & Arm Machine

Cable Crossover Machine

Squat Rack

Preacher Curl Bench

Roman Chair

Hyperextension Bench

Seated Calf Machine

Vertical Knee Raise

Hack Squat Machine

Power Rack

Power Rack Bench Combo

Power Rack Lat Attachment

Leg Extension Curl

Ab Crunch Board

Dumbbell Rack

Flat Incline Decline Bench

Utility Bench

Smith Machine

Smith Lat Attachment

Plate Loaded Gym

150 lb. Weight Stack

Selectorized Home Gym

Preacher Curl Attachment

Bench Squat Combo

Lat Machines

Phys-X Free-Standing Lat Tower

Olympic Weight Tree

Standard Weight Tree

Ab Crunch Machine


Home Gyms

Home Gyms

Performance Trainer

Biangular Gym

Two Stack Gym

4-in-1 Free Weight Gym

All-in-1 Free Weight Gym

Smith Gym


Cardio Equipment

8k Treadmill

10k Treadmill

Elliptical Trainer


Miscellaneous Items

Body Solid Miscellaneous

Bodybuilding Accessories

Gravity Inversion Boots

Ab Blaster Slings

Olympic Adapter Sleeves

Rubber Floor Protector

Olympic Shrug Bar

Push-Up Bars



Chapter Ten

A stronger athlete is a better athlete

The use of weights for improving one's ability at various sports and games is now largely accepted by the world's leading coaches. It wasn't always so. Until only a few years ago there was a marked refusal to recognize the value of resistance exercises for this purpose, the opinion being held that this type of training tended to develop slowness of movement and muscle binding (whatever that is!)

Many of the old-timers in weight training have advocated for years that, other things being equal, the stronger athlete would win, or would shine most in games. They did not claim that weight training would improve basic skill, but that it would enable this skill to be used in a more efficient manner. But these views were violently opposed by the coaches and other authorities, and indeed by most of the participants themselves.

Now the breakthrough has been made and there is no doubt at all that this is the age of the weight-trained athlete and sportsman. Almost daily one can read in the national and local Press some reference to sportsmen (and sportswomen, too) who augment their normal training with the barbell and dumbbell work. So at long last it seems that the barriers of prejudice have almost been swept away.

More than thirty years ago I became convinced of the benefits of weight training.

Although my main interest leaned towards competitive weight lifting as a sport, I found that my other activities of football, hand balancing and swimming were materially helped by the regular use of weights. Skeptics there were the by the hundreds, despite growing evidence to support the contentions of the few who were convinced that a stronger athlete was a better athlete. But the work of the pioneers in those early days has now borne fruit and while everyone is not yet convinced the number of disbelievers is dwindling, and I am sure that in the very near future the value of weight training will be finally and completely accepted by all.

Skill and technical perfection with only moderate strength just isn't enough these days when the standard of athletics and sporting achievement is so high. With the great advances in coaching, and the consequent development of many highly-skilled technicians, victory is often dependent on other factors and the man who has greater strength and durability to go with his skill more often than not comes off best.

We read plenty nowadays of famous football teams who have added weight training to their normal training. And the great benefit here in the insurance against injury. Stronger muscles greatly help to reduce the injury rate in this game where the performer has to maneuver, swerve, stop, suddenly change direction, etc., often on slippery and treacherous surfaces. A weight-trained footballer can stand up to the hazards much more easily then one who has never practiced any form of resistance training.

In athletics and swimming, among other sports, many of the leading performers have reached the top with the aid of weights. Famous Jon Konrads, the former wonder-kid of Australian swimming, trained with weights twice weekly in addition to a strenuous swimming program of several hours a day,. Indeed, a large proportion of leading champions and top-liners in all sports use weights.

Many athletic clubs, big and small, have added weights to their equipment. Leading A.A.U. coaches, finally convinced of the value of weight training after initially being skeptics now urge that all athletes should use weights.

In professional boxing, one outstanding example was former world champion Randy Turpin, whose regular use of weight training helped him to win a world title for Britain. And there are many, many more.

It should be appreciated that this form of training should be only a supplement to the normal training for a particular event, which should still form the greater part of one's training time.

But however well and diligently one trains there comes a time when the practice of an athlete's event ceases to give sufficient work to produce any gains in strength, so it becomes necessary to use specialized methods like weight training.

An athlete needs to be strong so that he can use his technique with greater skill and efficiency and weight-trained muscles have improved 'tone' and contractibility and will respond more readily to sudden exertion and all-out effort.

More chapters from this book below...
| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 |

Dumbbell Sets with Rack
on Sale with FREE Shipping

Free Weights

300 Lbs. Olympic Barbell Set

Troy Olympic Weight Plates

EZ-Grip VTX Olympic Barbell Set

VTX Olympic Weight Plates

160 Lbs. Regular Barbell Set

Regular Weight Plates

Regular 1-inch 7 Foot Bar

Texas Power Bar

Trap Bar

5 Foot Olympic Bar

210 Lb. Olympic Weight Set

300 Lb. Olympic Weight Set

390 Lb. Olympic Weight Set

400 Lb. Olympic Weight Set

480 Lb. Olympic Weight Set

500 Lb. Olympic Weight Set

570 Lb. Olympic Weight Set

600 Lb. Olympic Weight Set

700 Lb. Olympic Weight Set

7 Foot Olympic Chrome Bar

EZ-Curl Olympic Bar

Olympic Barbell Weight Sets

Olympic Weight Plates

Regular Barbell 160 Lbs.

Regular Weight Plates

Dumbbell Sets with Rack

Olympic Style Dumbbell Handle

Star Lock Threaded Dumbbell Handle

Spring Lock Collars

Shrug / Deadlift Olympic Bar


Pro-Grip Cable Attachments

Body Solid Pro-Grip Cable Attachments

Pro-Grip Multi-Exercise Bar

Pro-Grip Balanced V-Bar

Pro-Grip Triceps Press down Bar

Pro-Grip Revolving Straight Bar

Pro-Grip Multi-Grip Lat Bar

Pro-Grip Pro-Style Lat Bar

Pro-Grip Revolving Curl Bar

Pro-Grip Stirrup Cable Handle Pro-Grip

Pro-Grip Seated Row Chinning Bar Combo


Standard Cable Attachments

Body Solid Cable Attachments

Heavy Duty Lat Bar

Pro-Style Lat Bar 28" Long

Pro-Style Lat Bar 38" Long

Padded Black Lat Bar

X-Long Lat Bar

3-Way Lat Blaster Bar

Triceps Press down Bar

Revolving Triceps Biceps Bar


Leather & Nylon Items

Body Solid Leather & Nylon Accessories

Nylon Wrist Wraps

Pro Power Grips

Leather Ankle Strap

Nylon Ankle Strap