Strength Versus Power Training

Strength Versus Power Training Improving jump performance can keep you a step ahead of the competition in a variety of sporting events. If your game's season is a couple months away, or you're planning ahead to get a jump on next year's match ups, a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research compared the effects of strength and power training.

Forty male volunteers in their mid-20s with at least 2 years of weight lifting experience were assigned to 8 weeks of either strength or power training 3 times a week. Dynamic maximum strength increased 23% for the strength training group and 17% with power training. Although muscle activation didn't change very much between groups, power training seemed to increase jump performance to a greater degree than strength training.

True Strength Moment: These results might have been more interesting if each group switched over to the other type of training after completing the initial 8 weeks. Then there's the element of plyometric drills to consider since neither type of training improved countermovement jump performance. To learn about a jump program that might help prevent ACL injury, read today's Performance Blog at
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Dec 12, 2012
An intelligent asnwer - no BS - which makes a pleasant change