“I couldn’t be a thrower, see how week my arms are?” A common misconception among high school athletes is that you must be big to be a shot putter. Well, it’s a good thing that high school students learn fast and learn well, because the major force and strength behind the throw in the shot put comes from the athlete’s legs, not arms.
Shot put training requires full body strength training, which includes arms, but also focuses on building a strong and flexible core and legs. Think about it – quads, gluts, and hamstrings are significantly larger muscles than biceps and triceps.
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|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|