An athlete should possess:
Specific strength necessary to perform the skills/combinations/routines they are aiming to do
A solid level of general strength
I’ve added Rupert Egan’s slide to the start of part two as a reminder: your foundation is important.
It is perhaps the key to long-term health and injury reduction …and to being able to do cool stuff in circus.
As I mentioned in part one, I would like to suggest that your strength-training goal should be to be stronger than your apparatus or circus-discipline-of-choice asks you to be. This will not only expand your options and possibilities in terms of things you can do, but it will also make it much less likely that your body will be overwhelmed (read: injured) by anything that you do…or try to do. [Read more…] about Strength Training for Circus: 3 reasons to add weight-training to your circus training (part two)