- "Starting Strength" redirects here. For other uses, see Starting Strength (disambiguation).
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.  Throwing a 100 mph fastball, a quick knockout punch in boxing, and each footfall in a 100 meter sprint requires tremendous starting strength.  Other common examples include the lunge in fencing, coming off the line in football, and the start in short sprints. 
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Staley, Charles (n.d.). Quality Strength for Human Athletic Performance: A Guide to Speed Strength Training. thinkmuscle.com. Retrieved on 2008-08-03.
- ↑ Hatfield, Frederick C. (n.d.). The Training Zone. DrSquat.com. Retrieved on 2008-08-13.