Power training can seem quite specialist, but its not, so find out what tools are out there to get some real benefits.

What is Power?

In athletic terms, power is the result when strength meets speed. From a scientific point of view, it is a measure of how much energy is created per second, the size of the force applied and the velocity at which it is applied. It is usually measured in Watts.

Power is thus crucial for athletes and sports people of all types strength and speed will help to determine how hard a boxer hits, how hard a footballer can kick, how high or far an athlete can jump.

Benefits of power training.

Training for power will thus build on the bases of strength and speed training. It is essential that these building blocks are in place before adding more specific training such as plyometrics.

Popular power training equipment.

Plyometrics are being used by more and more athletes for their ability to develop balance, speed and agility, enabling them to move more explosively and more accurately at speed.

Test yourself to monitor progress.

Looking at the testing protocols demonstrates how widely this component of physical performance is used there are tests over distances ranging from 30 metres through to 400 metres, for runners, cyclists, and rowers.

If you are new to this type of training, you will find plenty of books, magazine articles and of course internet sources available or you could talk to an experienced trainer.

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