The Value of Power Training

 

If you’ve followed this blog or trained at least 5 minutes with me, you know that I believe the body responds best to a range of stimuli. Likewise, I preach against repetitive stress and redundant exercise that results in both diminishing returns and higher propensity of injury. So, what else is there besides cardio and weight training??

Power training!

Tolstoy famously said, “Power is a word the meaning of which we do not understand”.  Fortunately, we have Wikipedia, and power is defined as “the rate of doing work”. It is equivalent to the amount of energy used per unit time. So if you slowly carry a weight up some stairs slowly, you’ll do the same amount of work as if you do it briskly. The latter, however, requires more power or force because it is done in a condensed amount of time

Here are some examples of exercises we do at EXT that involve force:

1.) Punching/Kicking

2.) Sled Drive

3.) Tire Flip or Bag Flip

4.) Dumbell Farmers Carry

5.) African Stone/Big Package

6.) Box Jumps

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Now why do we care about power if we aren’t training for football or powerlifting?

1.) Power adds a new dimension of physical ability to your body’s muscle that translates to everyday activity(moving furniture, pushing a stalled vehicle, carrying a sleeping child, better recreational sports performance)

2.) Increased bone density and strength of connective tissue – especially important after 40

3.) Increased cardio capacity – the way we employ it at EXT, anyway! And rest assured, your metabolism will stayed elevated for hours after a workout that includes power training

4.) Along with being more athletic will inevitably come looking more athletic

 

In the immortal words of George Orwell, “The object of power is power.” Admittedly, I have no idea what that means, but I think we can all agree that object of power should be improved fitness!

Committed to Your Success

-Derek

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