Explosive! There’s nothing quite like explosive power to impress the baying masses, whether it be Usain Bolt running the 100m in 9:58 secs, Eddie Hall deadlifting 500kg or Kolokov hang snatching 200kg. These feats of extreme power leave us as spectators breathless with anticipation of can he/she do it? To pounding hearts during the event, it is almost as if we are the performing athlete. Followed by that post-adrenaline glow and impression of dumbfoundment at what you have just witnessed. That’s a power event ladies and gentlemen and this is the number one draw in motivating, inspiring and getting people hooked on sport. And what a drug it is.
The road to these extraordinary displays of power is as hard as that of a marathon runner, It’s just the training methods are different but no less brutal. As with any sport, the battle ground is between your ears, in your own head, trying to push yourself that bit further than your limit, while not capitulating to your fear of failure and preserving your self-belief. These are the areas where sport is won and lost, very rarely on the day of the event itself but in the hours in the gym, the early mornings, the nights you missed out with your friends, the injuries you come back from, the stiffness and pain that is there every morning but you don’t even acknowledge it now because it’s like your oldest friend from childhood.
Yeah, that’s power alright, the power of sport.
Now I would like to present our 2 athletes giving their top tips on beefing up your strength and power. Kirsty Palmer@kirstypalmer_fit and Jordan Glossop@jord_velocity travel the world working as professional coaches learning from the best in the industry and producing great results for their clients.
With their wealth of experience they know a thing or two about how to get you stronger and moving with power!
Here are their top five tips:
1. Find a local coach to supervise your training,
2. Begin a progressive overload program,
3. Perfect the basic compound lifts,
4. Don’t let your ego take over, remain patient,
5. Correct nutrition and hydration are vital.
And there you have it, 5 basic tips to get us all started on the road to sport superstardom or maybe just to get out of bed feeling like you did a workout yesterday.
As the great Muhammad Ali said,
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
And while we can’t all be champions like Ali, we can be the champions over ourselves. You’ve just got to use the power between your ears.