Increasing Power Output

by Jeff Thaxton |   Date Released : 17 Feb 2009
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Jeff Thaxton

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Jeff Thaxton is a Certified Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise. He earned a BS degree in Exercise Science at Eastern Washington University in 2001 and has continuing education certifications in human movement, advanced program design, nutrition for special populations, counseling for health and fitness professionals, overcoming fitness plateaus and others. He is the owner of an in home personal training business called Fit for Life, and he has volunteer experience in physical therapy clinics and cardiopulmonary units.

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meehan, randy | 22 Oct 2010, 20:12 PM

I would disagree with article on the thought that strength translates to power. Actually according to NSCA it is vice versa, the more powerful one became the stronger they will become and here is a few reasons why; strength training in a traditional manner doesn’t provide the range of motion needed for Olympic or power style lifts, Some would argue such things like the bench press that restricts scapular mobility would be detrimental to movement and flexibility of the upper extremities. Also strength training teaches to body to move at a different speed then that would compliment a powerful exercise like a clean. My suggestion would be to incorporate both with a heavy power day at the beginning of the week. Exercises like cleans and snatches take time to learn and tons of flexibility to accomplish, between the neurological pathways and muscle recruitment seen in these lifts its nothing less then amazing to watch athletes perform them properly. Some great lifts for power that can be done at a regressed level are;

Deadlift to high row
Kettle bell swing
Dumbbell push press
And box jumps

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