August 20th, 2020
Power is the ability to exert maximum muscular contraction instantly in an explosive burst of movement. While it sounds simple, what you probably don’t know is that after the age of 30, we start losing up to ten percent of our strength every decade and thereafter. To make it worse, we’re losing nearly three times that amount in power! So how we do maintain power as we age? It’s simple…with power and strength training!
Power is the product of both strength and speed, and at Driven Fit in South Tampa, it is a key element in achieving overall fitness results. Because power training stimulates the nervous system, it can reduce the chance of injury when used frequently and correctly. Power training involves:
As we age, power flows more swiftly than strength. With that in mind, most of our custom fitness programs include exercises that produce gains in both strength and power.
Unfortunately, in our industry we know many other trainers underutilize the power training part. For instance, other personal trainers often focus on the amount of weight and number of reps without paying mind to the speed of execution. Team Driven knows optimal power training and overall fitness results are achieved when speed is added to weightlifting and resistance training.
We’ve got several power training exercises in our arsenal, but these are by far our favorites:
Several studies show how kettlebell swings are significant to power development, especially in terms of vertical jumping. In addition, the kettlebell swing is an excellent way to incorporate conditioning and volume training for your glutes and hamstrings. We have a wide array at the studio so you can work up as you increase your strength!
Ropes are a versatile tool that allows you to combine other movements to achieve a more efficient workout. Work your arms and legs with a hip hinge motion to swing the ropes and produce power in your hips, hamstrings, and glutes. You can blast calories and build muscle at our gym when you add these to your regimen.
Perfect for power, perfect for releasing pent-up frustration! And, while you may think slamming a big, heavy ball is going to hurt, it’s one of the most joint-friendly power movements and easiest to learn.
At Driven Fit, we understand the importance of power training (especially for our clients ages 30 and up) and incorporate it into most of our fitness programs. The philosophy of power training is straight forward and includes:
Ready for power?! The personal trainers at Driven Fit can help you achieve the results you want! For more information on our fitness programs, please call or text our South Tampa wellness studio gym today at (813) 440-3016!