Sprint Coaching in Sydney - Click Here

Customized Online Sprint Training Programs - Click Here



  • Coaching in Merrylands, Parramatta and Sydney CBD; AND
  • Customized Online Sprinting Programs.


Unleashed Training offers a sprint coaching service in Sydney's south-west as well as customized online sprinting programmes. We coach athletes and individuals of all ages, with separate senior and junior squads. Whether you play a competitive sport or just want to reap the physical benefits of sprint training you are welcome to attend.

A results-driven, systematic sprint training programme for People of all ages.

Claim Your FREE Session

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.
Contact Number
Which program are you interested in?*
Questions and Comments

Please enter the word that you see below.


Human Strength Potential

Human strength potential is a topic many people have pondered throughout history. The ancient Greeks founded the first Olympic games on the question of human physical potential. No one truly knows what human beings are capable of in terms of maximum physical strength. We are only using a tiny fraction of the strength available to us.

Do we have more strength available than we realise?

The possibility for strength is far greater than what any human being has been able to demonstrate. To illustrate this I will use the example of hysterical strength. Hysterical strength is when a person is faced with a dire emergency like the classic example of a child stuck under a car. There are stories of mothers who have been able to lift cars weighing over a tonne off of their child.

Could those mothers lift a car in their normal state? There is absolutely no way. They are tapping into hysterical strength. This is when the adrenalin and other hormones are stimulated due to the emergency situation and the mother gets a sudden burst of strength. The burst of strength is the body overriding the protective, inhibitory mechanisms that are in place inside every human. 

This proves that physically we are capable of enormous feats of strength, we just aren’t realising them due to these inhibitory mechanisms. If there were a way to override them like in an emergency, the strength produced could be that of superhuman proportions.

What are these inhibitory mechanisms?

Human strength potential is not as much of a mystery as it once was. There is a science to all of this. To explain it lets look at a little science…

Every muscle has what are called proprioceptors. These are nerve bundles throughout the muscle that serve various purposes such as balance, body awareness, stretch reflex and of course strength inhibition. There are various types of proprioceptors, the one we are talking about is called the Golgi tendon organ. The Golgi tendon organ is a plexus of nerves that inhibit strength through various measures. 

Two of these measures are…

1. Keeping a certain percentage of motor units dormant. A motor unit is a motor neuron and all the muscle fibres that it innervates to cause muscle contraction. We are never able to use all of these motor units at the same time. This would result in the superhuman strength displayed in certain emergencies. So some of these are dormant.

2. The second inhibitory mechanism is the activation of the antagonist muscle. Lets use the bicep as an example. The bicep whilst lifting something is the agonist muscle, the antagonist is the tricep because it performs an opposing action. During attempts at strength the agonist muscle is working to lift the weight, the antagonist is slightly activated in order to inhibit the strength output of the agonist.

So why would we want to inhibit strength? If we were able to display our maximum human strength potential we would severely injure ourselves. We would literally rip the tendons straight off the bone. However, this protective mechanism is a little over-protective and seems to inhibit the muscle’s strength a little too much. This is where strength training comes in.

Training for maximum human strength potential

The more trained a person is in terms of strength, the more these protective mechanisms can be switched off and the potential for strength is increased. A power-lifter for instance trains to lift the maximum amount of weight possible. Through this training he/she is able to lift more weight for two reasons; first the muscle can get bigger and hence become stronger. The second is the training of inhibitory responses to be less inhibitory. So maximum strength is often a neurological adaptation, not always a muscular one.

Any amount of maximum strength training will produce this result. Whenever you strength train you allow the body to unleash more of its natural human strength potential. It also comes down to psychological aspects. Some people are able to lift more weight naturally due to the belief in their ability to do it and their focus on concentrating all of their power into the task at hand.

So to answer the question “what is the maximum potential for strength in humans?”, about the strength of two gorillas. This strength will not be 100 percent realised due to protective measures but it can be realised at least in part. The more research is done on human strength and athletes, the better the training methods used to enable people to realise a higher percentage of their maximum human strength potential.

Contact Us

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.
First Name*
E-Mail Address*

Please enter the word that you see below.


Return to our home page from human strength potential.

Sydney Sprint Coach Blog
The Sydney Sprint Coach blog will keep you up to date with all changes made to endlesshumanpotential.com subscribe now to keep yourself updated.
Sydney Sprint Coach
Unleashed Training specialises in sprint coaching for athletes and individuals of all ages...
Sprint Training Programs
EVOLVE sprint training programs focus on developing increased sprinting speed through a systematic, step-by-step, effective and efficient approach....
About Unleashed Training
Unleashed Training is a fitness and physical performance business utilising an effective set of systems and training principles...
About Chris Lyons
Chris Lyons is an experienced strength and conditioning coach, having trained athletes of all ages and levels since 2002. Chris specialises in coaching athletes for....
Evolve Training System
The EVOLVE training system is a complete system of sprint training in all its forms....
Sprint Workouts - Sprinting WOD
The sprint workouts section is designed not as a complete training program in itself, but as a section providing sprint workouts...
Sprint Training
Sprint training is a form of training applicable across a large range of domains for both the individual and the athlete....
Super Human Strength
Super human strength is something all athletes and most of the general population would love to achieve. ...
Power Training
Power training is often a very confused and confusing component of training, for both the general public and among coaches/trainers. ..
Ideal Fitness Program
The ideal fitness program is something people have been searching for ever since we discovered that regular and planned training can change the....
Training Principles
Training principles are the universally applicable guidelines that should be met in order to achieve a given training objective...
Training Objectives
This is a comprehensive set of guidelines, training objectives and an overall plan to be applied to all training programs...
Ten Components of Fitness
The ten components of fitness are the aspects of physical development that UNLEASHED Training aims to facilitate. Most programmes focus on only one or a small number of these fitness components...
Definition of Fitness
The definition of fitness is so difficult to pin down. I have searched for a definition for years, ever since I first started my studies in fitness, strength and conditioning. I have witnessed...
Unleashed Challenges - Official Unleashed Training Fitness testing and ranking.
Welcome to the UNLEASHED Challenges section. Here you will find benchmark challenges and fitness tests based on the UNLEASHED Training methods....
Body Weight Exercises
The following is a list of body weight exercises used by Unleashed Training as part of the Evolve fitness program. This page includes just simple text descriptions of each exercise...
Body Weight Workouts
Welcome to the UNLEASHED body weight workouts. Here you will find workouts of all kinds in a mostly randomised manner....
Ideal Strength Training Program
The ideal strength training program is difficult to find. It is difficult because, in terms of any kind of physical conditioning...
Minimalist Fitness Programs
Minimalist fitness programs are simplified fitness programs that can be used for total development of one or more components of fitness. ..
Art of Movement
The art of movement is something you will see discussed in many texts, in one way or another. This is a concept that was visited, studied and developed hundreds and even thousands of years ago...
Strength Articles
Welcome to the strength articles section. Here you will find articles relating to strength training in all its forms....
Sport and Athletic Conditioning Articles
Welcome to the sport and athletic conditioning articles section. Here you will find articles pertaining to specific sports and athletic events....
Weight Loss Articles
Welcome to the weight loss articles section. Here you will find articles and information specifically targeted at weight loss/fat loss....
Military Fitness Articles
Welcome to the military fitness articles section. Here you will find articles and information that applies to military fitness....
General Fitness Articles
Welcome to the general fitness articles section. Here you will find articles and information that applies to fitness as a whole but does not fall into other categories....
Sport and Exercise Science Articles
Welcome to the sport and exercise science articles section. Here you will find articles and information that explains the science behind fitness and performance training, how the body works....
Nutritional Guidelines - The Unleashed Training nutritional prescription
The following are the basic nutritional guidelines and recommendations for Unleashed Training. It is written in plain language and is easy for you to understand.....
Paleo Diet
The paleo diet is a recently popular way of eating. It is gaining traction in the health and fitness world and is especially popular with fitness movements such as CrossFit.
Boosting Testosterone
Boosting testosterone and other hormonal functions is a somewhat obscure topic to all but the hardcore bodybuilder or strength athlete. Everyone likes to focus on training hard....
Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is a nutritional habit that involves periods of time throughout a 24 hour period where no food is consumed. To clarify, a period of fasting involves...
Strength Training for Kids
Strength training for kids is a controversial topic of conversation. Old wisdom suggests that strength training is dangerous for children and will lead to failure to grow...
Strength training for children
Strength training for children has been a debated topic for many years now...
Exercise For Children
Exercise for children is one of those new-age topics of conversation and a major money spinner for corporations trying to cash in on “what’s hot”...
Early childhood physical development
Early childhood physical development is just as important as childhood mental and psychological development...

Recent Articles

  1. General Fitness Articles

    Feb 06, 15 06:37 AM

    Welcome to the general fitness articles section. Here you will find articles and information that applies to fitness as a whole but does not fall into other categories....

    Read More

  2. Volume Versus Intensity

    Feb 06, 15 06:26 AM

    Volume versus intensity, the big debate among athletic coaches and fitness trainers alike, is an on-going, almost unresolvable argument...

    Read More

  3. Water Polo Conditioning

    Feb 05, 15 05:55 AM

    Water polo conditioning is possibly harder to target than many other sports. I personally started playing water polo not so long ago...

    Read More

YOUR COACH – Chris Lyons

Chris Lyons is an experienced strength and conditioning coach, having trained athletes of all ages and levels since 2002. Chris specialises in coaching athletes for speed and power specific to fast-moving sports such as rugby league, rugby union, soccer, Aussie rules football etc. Since 2002 Chris has conducted close to 15,000 hours of training and coaching directly with athletes and members of the general population. From this experience comes Unleashed Training, based on tried and tested training methods combined with up to date research. Chris continues to challenge himself not only as a coach, but also as an athlete, competing in sprinting events, strongman and Olympic-style weightlifting.

View Chris Lyons's profile on LinkedIn