Weight lifting – applicable to all track and field events, or is most helpful in shot put, javelin, hammer, and discus training? Yes, it would make sense for weightlifting to be very beneficial for throwers, the more concentrated strength and power events, however weightlifting should not be incorporated into and athlete’s training based on whether or not they do a certain event.
All track and field athletes should lift weights, only the intensity of their weight training should be decided by event, but even more so by body type, age, and structure. Weightlifting strengthens muscles that support the frame of the body, specifically the knee, hip, and ankle joints that are most stressed by runners, jumpers and throwers.
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