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Power Development, Part II: Cautions

In a previous post (http://www.cissik.com/blog/2017/01/power-development-part-i-foundations/ ), we covered some of the qualities that are necessary to have an explosive athlete. Before jumping into the nuts and bolts of power training, it’s important to keep things in perspective. This post is going to cover six cautions to keep in mind with power training and your athletes: Too much of a good thing Don’t let power training distract from your goal Our athletes are not Olympic lifters There is no best It’s...

Power Development: Part I, Foundations

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Power, the ability to exert force quickly, is something that all athletes are interested in. It is something that underpins almost every athletic skill as they are performed in sports. This includes everything from running, to changing directions, to jumping, to throwing an object, to kicking an object, to hitting an object, etc. All of these require force exerted quickly. This article is going to go over those qualities that are necessary for power development, cautions associated with power training,...

Strength Matters: Postactivation Potentiation

The concept of post activation potentiation has been around for a long time. When I was starting out it was known as complex training. The idea being that if you perform a very heavy (and slow) strength exercise, it can have a positive effect on an explosive movement if that movement is performed in the proper time window after the slow strength movement. For example, squats and vertical jumps. The idea being that the slow strength move heavily recruits the...

Power Training: What If There Is No “Best?”

Power, the ability to generate force quickly, is important to every sport. As a result, it’s something that coaches focus on with the training of their athletes. The approaches to the training of power are pretty broad, from using slow strength training all the way to performing plyometrics and everything in-between. Regardless of the approach used, the vertical jump is one of the most frequently used tests to evaluate an athlete’s power.   Teo et al, in the Journal of...

Power Training: Critical But Keep It In Perspective

For me, power is about the ability to express force quickly. I understand there are better definitions out there, but this is how I explain it to my athletes. Sometimes the purpose of a textbook writer is to classify things in new ways so that you purchase their book. If you consider power in light of that definition, then it is critical to the success of just about every type of athlete.   There are a lot of great gadgets...