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Why Everybody Is Talking About Power Training Now

By Sandy Schroeder

We all know strength training is important to maintain our muscles, but now there is another key part. It's called power training.

Harvard Health says power training goes beyond strength training to focus on strength with speed, determining just how quick you can come up with force when you activate a muscle.

For example, if you are out on a wilderness hike, you may have the strength to make the hike, but do you have the strength with speed to react to any unexpected situations? Can you keep up with the rest of the group? 

If you trip over a root in the path or stumble over some rocks, can you react swiftly and avoid a bad fall? Power strength can make all of the difference when you quickly respond to the situation at hand.

As always, when you change your exercise routines, check with your doctor for approval.

How Power Strength Helps

You may be crossing the street and see someone stumble in front of you. Reaching out and pulling them back could save their lives. Or you may be out for a walk and trip over a raised portion of sidewalk. Power training can help you quickly catch yourself if you feel yourself stumbling. Not long ago, I was out walking, but was in a hurry and distracted. I tripped over a crack in the sidewalk, but managed to catch myself with my hands. I was ruffled and embarrassed but not hurt.  Or you might reach up in a high shelf for a package and dislodge something else that you need to quickly catch.

How to Build Power Strength

You can add some upgrades to your strength training to help you develop the needed power strength. 

Work at a faster rate - When you do bicep curls or push-ups, gradually go faster. Don't go overboard, but just keep moving a little faster, as if you were responding to something new.

Use jumping workouts - Springing up and landing safely is a very energetic process that could create the strength to let you act quickly whenever and wherever you needed it. You might need to run faster if someone were chasing you, or jump out of the way if traffic suddenly veered toward you.

Toss a medicine ball around - Build upper body power to catch anything that comes your way. You will be able to handle it if luggage shoots out of the overhead compartment, your toddler starts falling from the slide, or a heavy pan come winging off an upper shelf in your kitchen.

Wherever you are now with energy and strength, it is important to know we lose 3.5 percent a year in power and 1.5 percent in strength, according to Harvard Health. That is why we will all be talking more and more about power training as we do our best to keep up with our lives and our health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spring, Tex.

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