Let’s take an in depth look at Bio Motor Abilities starting with Power. Power = work/time. Power is essentially moving as much weight as you can, as quickly as you can. Olympic lifting, striking, jumping, and sprinting are all examples of power. The rep scheme for power training tends to be very low repetitions, usually 1-3 with high recovery times, anywhere from 3-5 minutes. We use this repetition/rest scheme to ensure that the body is getting full ATP regeneration. ATP (adenosinetriphosphate) is a molecule largely responsible for muscular contractions. To the degree that we do not regenerate ATP we can not produce a strong enough contraction to overcome a given load. The strength gains from power training primarily come from increased neural outputs (neural drive). Essentially we use this style of training to make our nervous system stronger, not necessarily to build bigger muscles. If your looking to have more power available you must periodize power training into your program.
more Bio Motor Abilities next week….