|Most of you have been experiencing Fusion Cross-training's Athletic Power phase this month, but might not know what it is exactly and why we do it.|
What. Power training is a style of advanced, high intensity, resistance exercise that increases people’s athleticism and ability to generate force with speed. It can be done with weights, bands, balls or just body weight as the resistance but the key is to be able to move explosively through a full range of motion with balance and speed. Plyometrics is a form of power training which is essentially jumping in all its various forms which jacks your heart rate while fatiguing the muscles quickly. Other examples are kettlebell swings, speed band work, sprinting up hills, etc.
Why. Athletes, whether professional, amateur or recreational, use power training to prepare themselves and improve their performance in the actual game or race. Sports performance trainers have developed power training exercises designed for almost every sport movement. For example, in baseball this might be doing a power step acceleration to work on getting a jump start on stealing a base or a wood chopping motion to develop your core rotational power for the throwing motion.
So if you are not training for any sport in particular why do you care about adding power training to your routine? 3 reasons:
1. Shock Your Body: if you have been doing the same basic routine for 2 months or more, your body has already adapted to the stresses you have placed it under. You need to up the intensity or change the style of your workouts in order to keep your body’s systems progressing; power training does both. By adding speed to your movements it changes the energy system your body uses to do the work and forces the use of more type II fast twitch muscle fibers instead of the type I fibers used in slower, high rep endurance workouts. Essentially it hits your body in an entirely new way, creating different stresses that your systems have to adapt to, breaking through any plateaus.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Power Up Your Workouts
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