Sporting movements require many different aspects of training through their actions. Power is one that has huge benefits to many. For example in golf a more powerful downswing, under control, will result in more distance and better ball striking. In swimming if you have more power from your starting dive you’ll have more speed to start the swim. Over the last 10 days we have been shown the advantage of power in tennis when you see serves up to 139mph not only does it make it harder for your opponent to return back in the court but at that speed it’s hard even to see the ball coming.
Power training can be added to your workout through plyometric exercises. For the lower body this can include box jumps. They don’t always have to be high, an exercise step can be used and introduce different patterns. Such as jump on and off as far as you can or add some rotation is great for golf training. The idea is to allow your feet to have the smallest time of contact with the box in the middle jump. You can also add some single leg jumps again using different patterns to help for running as the less time your foot spends planted to the ground the faster your cadence meaning the faster you run!
When looking to train the upper body you can do drills such as a press up position and do as many hand taps as possible in 15 seconds. Repeat again with elbow and then shoulder taps. These create fast work through the upper body whilst also maintaining a stable core.
Try adding these variations to your workout routines to help increase power o your sports.