What is more important, strength or stamina?
This is a good question.
Many athletes make the mistake of focussing on ‘extremes’ instead of achieving a balance. Brett Lee’s fitness coach told us, “the more strength a muscle has, the more potential for power gains it has”. But what good is strength and power if you don’t have the endurance to maintain it? You need to be an all-round athlete.
Fast bowling requires strength, agility, power, speed, mobility and many other attributes – having more of one and less of the other isn’t a positive; it’s a negative.
Every athlete is different. Firstly, you need to do a ‘needs’ analysis to figure out what your strengths are and what your weaknesses are. From that analysis, you’ll be able to figure out where your greatest potential for improvement is.
Your ‘general strength’ level will depend on many factors such as your age, your height, your weight and body type etc; we’ll try and cover ‘basic strength levels’ in future interviews but for now, the best thing you can do is either ask a qualified physical trainer at your cricket club or gym or do some research online. You can also research some ‘basic’ strength and fitness tests and assess where you’re dominant and where you need improvements.
From those results, you’ll be able to tailor a training programme to try and work on improving those weaknesses WHILST maintaining and improving your strengths. It’s important to remember the most important thing here; BALANCE.
Don’t go all in and try to get strong and neglect other parts of training, for example; focusing on a ton of strength training and neglecting your flexibility and mobility work will just make you stiff and immobile. The game has evolved massively and as cricketers, we need to be strong, powerful and have enough endurance to maintain our peak performance levels – there is NO other way around it.
I hope that helps.
All the best
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