As is immediately obviously by looking at them, throwers
are built for strength and power. Top throwers have a huge amount of muscle
development and can also move very fast over short distances (some throwers
are as quick over 60m as many 400m and 800m athletes).
As with other sections in the "How do I train for my sport" we will not
deal with the technique of the events, just preparing your body to be in
optimum shape to perform.
The key elements of conditioning
for a thrower are power, power and power. That is not to say that you don't
need to do any other work, but essentially it is all about getting as explosively
strong as possible. Early in the training period throwers will work on a bit
of fitness to get themselves as fit as you can for the training you are going to
In addition some mobility work is need as there is a great deal of force and
strain on the throwing muscles.