In addition to the high level of skill required to compete in fencing, to be successful you need, among other things, good speed, agility and balance. However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for Fencing, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a fencer.
You need to be quick, agile and coordinated
We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in fencing. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factors which are considered most important by the readers of this site are speed, agility, balance and coordination. You can add your vote too, and see the latest results.
You need to be quick and tactical
In a similar poll, we asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of fencing, and the most important according to them are: reaction time and speed, and skill and tactics. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Fencing Competitors, and see the latest results.
Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)
4.6 Reaction Time
4.5 Skill and Technique
4.5 Speed / Quickness
4.5 Analytic & Tactical Ability
4.4 Balance & Coordination
4.4 Coping with Pressure Situations
4.1 Motivation & Self Confidence
3.6 Aerobic Endurance
3.4 Strength & Power
2.5 Body Size and Composition
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