Friday, March 11, 2011

Get Explosive Power Like Blake Griffin

Explosive power helps Blake Griffin dunk over his opponent, explosive power propels Usain Bolt to wins in the 100 meter dash, explosive power helps Josh Hamilton hit homeruns and explosive power makes Adrian Peterson the most feared running back in football.


Power, or speed strength (how fast your muscles can produce force) is one of the best physical predictors of success in sports. For instance, accelerating quicker than your opponent helps you make the winning plays.

And, jumping higher (quicker) will help you catch the ball or get that rebound. It doesn't help you to continually get stronger if power development is not there also.


Explosive weight lifting will improve your power and set you apart from your athletic competitors.

Just as you can do medicine ball exercises, plyometric exercises and light dumbbell exercises explosively, you can also lift heavier weights explosively.

Lifting weights explosively is an advanced form of exercise and shouldn't be done by beginners or youngsters. Your body should have the needed stabilization and strength before beginning explosive lifts.

Research has proven that only lifting heavy weights at a moderate or slow pace will not improve your explosive power.

Especially at the start of the lift, explosive lifting can be done for exercises like (5-6 repetitions):

--Bench press
--Shoulder press
--Squats
--Leg press
--Hamstring curls
--Calf raises

....and also for bodyweight exercises, like (6-8 repetitions):

--Power step ups
--Bodyweight squats
--Pullups
--Pushups
--Inverted rows

......and medicine ball exercises, like (8-10 repetitions):

--Throws
--Chops
--Slams
--Rotational exercises

Lift explosively, safely and improve your power!

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2 comments:

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