What Is Best For Judo Strength Training?It is a common belief that the bigger your muscles the stronger you are but nothing could be further from the truth. There is a whole range of things that contribute to your strength, including tendon stiffness; the amount of lateral force transmission inside the muscle; the activation of the muscles and coordination. So the question then becomes what is the best form of Judo strength training?
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In his article, Chris Beardsley from Sand C Research shows that "heavy weights or light weights... produce similar amounts of muscle growth (so long as we train to failure with light weights). In contrast, heavy weights cause greater gains in maximum strength."
Of course, for a Judo player, given that increase strength works on tendons, lateral movement and coordination, there may be limitations on how much strength you should build. I don't think that argument can ever be resolved as there are just too many variables.