Today’s article is a guest-blog by Rob Panariello, a regular contributor to this site. Rob wrote an excellent article pertaining to Olympic lifts and improved athletic performance. I hope you enjoy it!
Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Professional Athletic Performance Center
New York, New York
Ideal athletic performance comprises a positive contribution of various physical (strength) qualities that are necessary to enhance the movements (skills) of the athletic endeavor. One of these essential physical qualities is power. Power may be expressed as Work divided by Time (W/t) where Work = Force X Distance and Force = Mass X Acceleration. Therefore one method of consideration to enhance an athlete’s physical quality of “power” is for the athlete to lift a specific programed weight intensity (mass) at a high velocity (acceleration) or a higher weight intensity (mass) at the same velocity (acceleration).