Strenght vs Power Training: Which Is For You?


This article is going to be full of value. It’s extremely vital that you know what training is right for you. Before we can decide which is better, we first need to understand what is the difference.

Strength – A consistent, slow, exertion of force over a period of time. For example, if you were to bench press, your strength would be tested by completing one full repetition at the heaviest weight that you can handle.

Strength Pros
– Can lift heavier weights at the gym
– Greater raw force
– Larger muscle mass

Strength Cons
– Not practical for many sports or athletics (except weight lifting competitions)
– Usually not aerobically fit

Power – It’s similar to strength, but it includes one other dimension: Speed. The basic equation to this is Power = Strength x Speed. Power can be seen as the explosive force exerted.

Power Pros
– Very practical for many sports and activities
– Greater control over strength
– Force has higher potential when there is control over strength and speed

Power Cons
– Cannot lift the heavier weights at the gym
– Less raw force

Conclusion: I have always been a firm believer in whole-body, anaerobic and aerobic training.  When you go to the gym, you have a limited amount of time to spend.  Why spend your time only training for strength, especially when the majority of sports require power?  It’s not slow and strong pushes that win games, it’s the clutch plays with explosive bursts of energy that do.

Hope you found this useful!

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