Explosive exercises, or exercises that test strength and speed, can improve physical performance during many fast-paced sports and may reduce an athlete's risk of injury during activities that involve high power outputs with quick acceleration, such as most racket and field sports. Explosive exercises can also assist in aiding fat loss, due to the fact the body working a maximal level
Explosive training is training that combines strength and speed to increase your power output. Explosive power drills are often used by athletes who need to generate a quick burst of maximal effort. This type of training is helpful for sports including football, track and field sports, court sports, and even cycling. However explosive training can benefit everyone.
The types of exercises used to build quick, explosive power are movements that require a maximum or near-maximum power output from the athlete in a short amount of time. The goal of explosive exercise training is to build enough power to ultimately move heavy weights very quickly, when we speak of heavy objects, your body weight is also classified as heavy object.
Research supports the idea that explosive (speed and strength) exercise builds athletic power but is more effective when combined with other types of training.
For example, in a study conducted on recreational endurance runners, researchers showed that mixed maximal and explosive strength training was more effective than traditional approaches (such as circuit training) in increasing overall fitness and adaptive processes that may be helpful when increasing training loads (such as when a runner is training for a marathon)
Other published reports suggest that in order to maximize strength, power, and speed of movement, a combination of heavy and light explosive exercise provides superior results when compared to either training style alone
Standard explosive exercises use large muscle movements such as squats, power cleans, weighted or unweighted vertical jumps, heavy ball throws, or even hill sprinting. Smaller muscle exercises like bench presses or push-ups can also be used to build power but will limit the overall results to those muscle groups.
Exercises should be selected to match your fitness and sports goals, so keep in mind the principle of specificity of training. Your exercise choices should simulate the movement patterns of your sport.
If you increase your training slowly over time, listen to your body for warning signs of injury, and work with a qualified expert, it is unlikely that this training will lead to injury. In fact, some evidence suggests that the risk of injury in many high speed or power sports can be decreased by doing explosive exercise training on a regular basis.
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