Competition in Training: Strength Verses Agility

J1 Sports Story by Samantha Fabian

Many different aspects are put into competitive sports, and coaches teach and train those different aspects in different ways. Some coaches may stress one thing over another, but two highly beneficial factors put into training an athlete are strength and agility.

According to, agility can be described as “the ability to quickly change body position or direction of the body. Agility is also influenced by body balance, coordination, the position of the center of gravity, as well as running speed and skill.”


A panorama of Marian’s weight room.

While on the other hand, they described strength as, “the ability to carry work against resistance. Strength is the maximal force you can apply against a load. Training to improve muscle strength includes lifting weights or otherwise increas
ing the resistance against which you work.”

It is good to be well-rounded in both strength and agility. Although, some sports do prefer strength over agility and vice versa. Sports such as power-lifting require all strength, while other sports such as ultimate frisbee require only agility.

Junior Kennedy Gochenour, who throws both the javelin and the discus at a competitive level on the Cornhusker Flyers Track Club, says that agility is the more beneficial aspect when throwing. “It is a technical sport and ‘manhandling’ the javelin is not going to work, I’ve always been taught that agility is more important.”

Junior Grace Apker, a varsity swimmer here at Marian, had other ideas. Apker believes that strength is the more important aspect and proceeded to say, “Get ripped or go home!”

While speaking with Sport Enhancement Trainer Ed Dudley, he leaned toward the opinion that both strength and agility are important. “Female sports need both strength and agility, and in here we always start with agility and move on to strength,” he said.

Coming to a consensus is harder than expected. Although both aspects provide different benefits for athletes, both are important for an athlete to become an expert in his or her field.

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