Did you know that there are 9 components of physical fitness?
While my weekly workout routine tends to be varied and fairly comprehensive, until recently, I had overlooked power training.
Power: the ability to exert maximum muscular contraction instantly in an explosive burst of movements. The two components of power are strength and speed. (e.g. jumping or a sprint start)
The benefits of including power training in your workouts?
- improved reaction time (think of dodging an off course baseball or keeping a wayward toddler from the path of an oncoming car)
- enhanced cardiovascular function (power training typically results in heart rates higher than 85% of maxHR)
- increased strength (one of the components of power)
- elevated calorie burn both during the workout (using big muscles explosively burns a ton of calories) and up to 24 hours later (the “afterburn” effect)
But a little power training goes a long way. When done correctly, training for power should involve near maximal effort. You shouldn’t be able to do very many reps.
I like to place my power exercises near the beginning of my workout, always after a proper warmup and before the muscles needed for speed and strength are already tired.
Today’s #FatblasterFriday workout combines 2 power training moves with 4 whole body strength moves.
All you’ll need is a box, bench or step and a moderately heavy set of dumbbells. Let’s power it up!
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Do you incorporate power training in your workouts?
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Disclaimer: Although I am a registered Personal Trainer, I am not YOUR Personal Trainer. Always adapt workouts to suit your body and fitness level. Always consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.