Power Up The Push Press

Power Up The Push Press Doing squats helps build leg muscle size and strength and doing jump squats helps build power. All of these qualities are important to team sports athletes, and a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research offers insight into how peak and mean power can be maximized when performing the push press.

Standing on a force platform, experienced weight lifters performed both the push press and jump squat using between 10% and 90% of their one rep max (1RM). Analysis showed that peak and mean power were greatest when push pressing 64% to 75% of 1RM. That was also about the right weight for maximizing power during the jump squat, but greater power was generated during the push press.

True Strength Moment: Whether your goal is greater muscle size, strength or power, changing up your workouts every couple of months can lead to greater gains. Options include adding weight, reps, sets and power movements. You can also alternate between upper and lower body exercises. The technique is discussed in today's Performance Blog post at ABBperformance.com
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