The Made 2 Move team tries to reduce as many barriers as possible that keep people from moving, exercising, and realizing their full potential. Training for power can be kind of trendy and popular. It definitely is something that instagram fitness professionals throw around all the time. But what does it mean? Is training for power right for me? Let’s dive in!
Sprinting, jumping, skipping, lateral and backwards movement: all components of an athlete’s skillset that we did in our youth, yet movements we rarely carry into adulthood. Power is a crucial component of an athlete’s program, but is there any reason to train for power if you aren’t an in-season athlete?
As with any athletic ability, power follows the paradigm “use it or lose it.” Every decade after age 40, strength declines by roughly 10%. Power declines at about twice the rate of strength, at 17% each decade,
So what is power? Why does it matter? How do we train for power and explosiveness?
What is Power?
If we want to break it down into its mathematical equation, Power=Work/Change in Time. Essentially, power is generating as much force as you can, as quickly as you can. Power is also involved in coordinating movement.
Why Does Power Matter?
Power matters because power is involved in many activities of daily living. A 2019 study researching the correlation between muscle power and longevity notes that, “Rising from a chair in old age and kicking a ball depend more on muscle power than muscle strength.” The same goes for falling: the muscles that are going to react and catch you when you fall are the same muscles that hold explosive abilities in sport.