Building Athletic Power Quickly And Correctly

athlete powerHere at Bigg Rick we focus heavily on getting lean and general personal training type stuff. We are going to change things up a bit today and talk about athletic power.

For those of you who have every played a competitive sport you know how important strength and power are.

I was recently talking to a guy name Pat Brady at a prep meeting for the upcoming NATA in June. He had some great info to share with me that I wanted to share with you.

Note: check out his Facebook page if you’re interested.

Top Athletic Power Tips

When I was talking to Pat he mentioned to me an article he had written about a year ago related to vertical jump workouts.

When athletes train their vertical jump they have to focus on power and explosion to get off the ground.

Here are some of the tips he shared with me for achieving that.

First, you need to be focusing on fast movements with a short contraction time. For example, when you do a bench press try pushing the weight up as fast as you can. This forces your body to use more muscle fibers than it normally would.

Second, always be pushing your body to the next level. What he means by this is that every time you go to the gym you should aim to do either more weight or more reps than you did the week before.

This is normally referred to as progressive overload, and it has been know to help bust people through plateaus in their workouts.

Third, keep your workouts relatively short. Don’t waste a bunch of time sitting around doing nothing. Get in with intensity and then get out.

Pat told me that a lot people tend to think that they need to spend hours in the gym to see great gains in their athletic ability (he said this was especially true for people doing vertical jump training), but that’s not necessary.

Working out too much can actually cause too much muscle destruction that your body can’t recover from.

By letting your body heal and repair itself you will actually see much better gains.

That’s about it for now until I post my next article. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Also, if you are going to be at the NATA in June make sure to hit me up!

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