True athletic power is a major advantage in every part of life, whether you are a competitive athlete or not. Power is the pinnacle of athletic qualities.
First let’s define what power actually is…
The key here is how much work over how much time. If the amount of work is the same, the lower the time (the faster you move) the more power is generated. So power is producing force as quickly as possible.
Jump higher, run faster, hit harder, the fun things.
There are many different schools of thought on this one.
Many suggest that the olympic lifts are the supreme exercise for building powerful athletes.
Yes, they can be great–but there is a pretty tough learning curve and not everyone can perform them safely.
Kettlebell swings are another great power developer. Easier to learn than the olympic lifts, but still trains an explosive hip hinge movement–which will strengthen the posterior chain (glutes, hamstrings, back).
And yet, swings still do not take the cake for the top power movement. Drumroll please…
Yes the greatest power exercise of all-time is the humble hill sprint. I will lay out my rationale for why it is the CLEAR winner in the power department.
If I had to pick ONE exercise for making my lower body strong and powerful, hill sprints would be sufficient. Can’t sprint? Walk or jog up that hill and work on your mobility until you can!
Better Every Day,
P.S. Sprints are a staple in my Ultimate Athleticism Program–if you are looking to take your athleticism to new levels with a savage combination of bodyweight and barbell exercises, I strongly recommend you pick up a copy.