Because power is super important for the athlete and for fitness alike.
Power is the combination of strength and speed!
So if we increase strength, power will increase as long as speed does not decrease.
We can increase speed, and this will also increase power as long as strength does not decrease.
This is why by simply increasing strength and/or speed in the same amount of time is a great way to increase overall fitness level.
“Developing power does not necessarily have to involve Olympic lifts or bounding up and down an athletics track, but can have dramatic results in beginners and advanced trainees alike looking for fat loss, when programmed correctly.” http://training.fitness.com/articles-research/importance-power-training-any-goal-42800.html
No matter your goal power should be accounted for.
Power is needed to jump higher, sprint faster, move a weight faster, or move a band faster.
In the end any program should increase a persons power!
Comment below your thoughts about this secret weapon.
When it comes to fitness and working out there are several ways to help increase intensity.
I see several reasons why to use music for workouts
1. Decreases boredom
For the average person workouts can get boring and mundane. When listening to your favorite music this can be helpful from workouts being mundane.
2. Increase intensity
When it comes to workouts results happen with increased intensity. I know several people that want (need) their hardcore or upbeat music to increase the intensity of their workouts.
3. Variety through tempo
Depending on the interval or type of workout music can be used to match the tempo. For example, doing a sprint or conditioning workouts can be different music than say lifting weights.
4. The fun factor
Music is associated with fun and many do not think exercise is fun. However we tend to associate certain music to fun and excitement and mixing that with exercise increases the fun factor. If something is fun this increases the likelihood of continuing. Continual progress is one of the most important keys to fitness success.
5. Infinite Choices
People like different types of music so there are so many ways to get in great music. I know of people that listen to 80’s ballads:) Others listen to hardcore music, others country but the truth is whatever makes you want to workout, workout harder and do better is key!
So now that you know that workout music helps…. here is a workout radio station for you to listen to some upbeat music and the best part…. NO COMMERCIALS!
I am not sure about you but I absolutely love the Olympics.
I had the opportunity to train a few former Olympic Athletes and here are some things I learned from them and from watching the Olympics.
1) The Law of Action
When it comes to results in life a person can learn all they want and never achieve anything.
You can want, wish, and hope but without action nothing will happen.
For example, Michael Phelps said he did not train to his potential. He might not be able to achieve his goals because he did not work as hard as he could. The truth of the matter is genetics is really over rated. I have never seen a baby do a black flip, jump, lift or do any of that stuff when they are born. I have asked my daughter (on the left) to do flips it does not work:)
So what we learn is that it takes action, to achieve anything worthwhile!
2. The Law of Faith/Belief
Nobody goes into wanting to lose or thinking they have no chance of winning.
The first step that helps people take action is belief.
They shoot for the gold, work for the gold but first they believe they can get to the olympics and even win the gold.
This happens with fitness goals all the time.
A person does not truly believe they can reach a goal so they never really work at it.
We can learn that we must first believe before we can ever achieve anything!
3. The Law of Specific Training
When it comes to any training for a goal a person must be very detailed and specific.
A triathelete and a gymnast will and should train very different.
The details are super important and the abilities are very different.
A gymnast is not going to win in a triathlon and the reverse is also true.
So the first step is figuring out a goal then training specifically for it.
4. The Law of Discipline
There are times that Olympians do not want to train but they train anyways.
They have to sacrifice so many things to become great.
They have to be disciplined in work ethic, nutrition, training times, and routine.
We learn that discipline is the crucial ingredient to reaching any goal.
5. The Law of Constant Improvement
My wife and I were discussing what do olympic gold medalists do after they win or after they break a new record.
She says they try to beat their last record.
I totally agree that they are never truly satisfied with their results they are always trying to get better and that is what makes them unique.
They always want to improve from where they are to where they want to go.
What we learn is that somebody who improves gradually and constantly will always beat the person who becomes complacent and content with their results.
6. The Law of Individual Team Work
The saying “a team is only as weak as its weakest link” is always true.
For a team to be better an individual has to get better.
Individuals should get better for themselves and for the team.
I will never forget my college basketball days when I sat on the bench.
Sitting on the bench is something I was not very good at so I worked as hard as I could.
Years later talking to a former teammate he said that it was us that made them better… that pushed them to become better. It is nice to have an individual goal yet have the team support to become better than you could on your own.
What we learn is that we can help more people including ourselves when we become our absolute best!
7. The Law of Failure
I am a perfectionist in many areas and that can be very bad because it can stop me from trying.
The rule is if you are not failing at something you are not trying…. I totally agree.
When it comes to the Olympics so many of these athletes started very young.
Tears of failure from falling, missing that jump, making mistakes are the only way to get to the success of getting to the Olympics.
Jerry Barca: “There is a gap between people that are really good and people who are extraordinary. One of the things that seem to always stand out is that people at the extraordinary level have a different relationship with failure, mainly they’re not phased or stopped by it.”
Dan Jansen: “That’s one of the reasons I ended up winning in the end. It is because I was never afraid to fail. The worst thing, and I always hear — quote —successful people say it is “Oh, my fear of failure is what drives me.” I don’t believe that. You may not like to get beat. But if you’re successful, you’re not afraid to fail because you can’t be. You’ve got to be innovative sometimes. You’ve got to take risks sometimes. People who are truly successful — they may say they’re afraid to fail, but more so it’s a dislike of failure.” http://plimptonmovie.com/updates/dan-jansen-success-failure-and-olympic-gold
What we learn is to learn from failure, get better, and keep going no matter what.
All this can be used to develop a any training goal.
You probably are not training for the Olympics but no matter your goal these points might help