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Starting strength is a component of speed strength and is defined as the ability to recruit (or "turn on") as many motor units (MU’s) as possible instantaneously at the start of a movement. [1] Throwing a 100 mph fastball, a quick knockout punch in boxing, and each footfall in a 100 meter sprint requires tremendous starting strength. [2] Other common examples include the lunge in fencing, coming off the line in football, and the start in short sprints. [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Staley, Charles (n.d.). Quality Strength for Human Athletic Performance: A Guide to Speed Strength Training. Retrieved on 2008-08-03.
  2. Hatfield, Frederick C. (n.d.). The Training Zone. Retrieved on 2008-08-13.