Power Training for Adults

It is widely accepted that as we age that we lose strength. This makes strength training a no brainer. Strength training is the number one way to slow down the loss of strength with age or even regain lost strength. While it may not seem like a big deal when you are in your 20’s or 30’s that constant decline of strength can leave you practically immobile by your 60’s. Have fun in retirement when you can’t do anything you love! Consistent strength training can make sure that this does not happen.

Something we also address for all ages at JM Custom Fitness is power training. Power training is, “As the name suggests, power training is aimed at increasing power, which is the product of both strength and speed. Optimal power reflects how quickly you can exert force to produce the desired movement.” – Harvard. While strength training helps to preserve muscle mass and strength, power training helps to preserve our ability to move quickly and exert force. This can help us continue to play recreational sports including sports like golf, tennis and skiing. It can also help us avoid falls or getting hit by a moving object (car).

While power training may not be as much of hot subject as strength training I can assure you it is just as important. When approaching power training you must take into consideration someone’s abilities, goals and injury history just like you would for strength training. Our power training component would for a fifty year old man would not look the same as power training for the sixteen year old athletes that we train. For most populations we recommend staying away from jump training, Olympic lifts and anything that requires a high level of strength and skill. For someone looking to maintain or increase power we would use a combination of bodyweight, medicine ball, kettlebell and ground based exercises. Kettlebell swings are one of the most effective and joint friendly ways to address power training and they have a huge payoff.

Before attempting any sort of power training make sure to get an FMS (Functional Movement Systems) screen and consult a qualified coach that will put together the correct program for you. Don’t lose your ability to move quickly!