People typically think power training is only good for athletes, but power training is important for everyone – including seniors!
Power is the ability to produce force quickly which is not the same as strength – although there is a relationship between strength and power. Using power specific training along with strength training is the key to building power.
The reason power is important is that in sport, and in life in general – things often happen quickly. As such if you are not capable of moving quickly bad things can happen.
For example if you step on an unstable surface and become unbalanced – your ability to quickly adjust is the key to preventing a fall. Another example is if you are walking across a road and driver is texting and drifts over the yellow line and is heading right for you! Your ability to quickly move can literally make the difference between life or death.
Furthermore, as you age you lose fast-twitch muscle fiber – the fibers that produce explosive force which is why power training is very important for aging adults!
What is Power Training?
Power training involves fast movement with a load, and there are many different ways to achieve this. The most well known is barbell Olympic lifts like the clean, high pull, and snatch.
While these exercises are definitely effective for power development – they also have several key drawbacks including:
Practical Power Training Exercises
The great news is that there are many power exercises that do not involve high levels of skill or mobility and have a much lower risk of injury including: