The ability to exert as much force as you can
Being More Powerful
Power is the ability to exert as much force as you can, in as short a time as possible. Strength determines the maximum force you can apply, but power is proportional to the speed at which you can exert this force. Fast, explosive movements (such as those used in lifting or playing sports) are based on how much power an individual can generate and at what speed.
Power is a very important facet of our fitness programmes; it is a crucial component in CrossFit, weightlifting and aids the retainment of strength and stronger joints in our later years! Power is a huge component in successful lifting; having the strength to lift the weight is key of course, but having power will increase the ability to express this strength. The key behind moves such as the ‘snatch’ and ‘clean and jerk’ is speed, so being powerful is of huge importance in weightlift training.
Power is also important in everyday life – being more powerful will make almost any everyday task easier. If you are a sportsperson or athlete, then power is a crucial attribute to help you excel in your chosen discipline. Having power will help you produce the maximum amount of force (either in running, throwing or lifting etc), so you’ll be able to outshine your competitors and smash your sporting goals.