Training your body takes time, doesn’t it?  And we’re up for that.  We’re tough enough to pay our dues, and put in the miles.  But wouldn’t it be nice to find a way that we can give ourselves an instant advantage, right now!?  Hello yeah!

The concept of power in athletics is, in my opinion, viewed somewhat incompletely.  The basics are easy. Exert a great deal of force (strength) over a short span of time (speed), and the result is power.  So in other words:

       Strength      +     Speed     =     Power

So we develop power by developing strength (muscle size), and by working on speed.  There are other factors as well, but lets keep this simple for now.  Okay, why would an endurance athlete want power?  In short, because power moves your carcass well … As opposed to not well.

If you can’t generate power, you cannot swim, bike, or run with efficient and proper technique.  You see, sports are about power.  The people that are good at sports are those that have learned to produce and utilize power.  Often the easy way, is the powerfull way.  Consider olympic weight lifting, the most successful athletes at lifting that bar, are the guys or girls that lift it fast and powerfully.

I know what your thinking, triathlon is about endurance right?  Wrong.  It’s about what strength and conditioning coaches call speed-endurance and power-endurance.  The fact is that champion endurance athletes have done a honkin’ pile of speed work.  It is fairly accurate to say that they first develop a fast running stride, swimming stroke, or bicycle pace and then they learn how to sustain it.  I say fairly accurate because in reality, that is still too simple.

Okay, enough about power.  Now you know enough to value it, so let’s move onto the instant advantage that I alluded to earlier.  Let’s see, which one should I share …

... Okay, got it.  We’ll talk about Positions of strength, that’s a useful topic.  What if there was a joint in your body, (a joint which you are ignoring right now), that when it’s in the right position, it makes your arms stronger and your lungs function better.  Strength in your arms could add up to power generation in cycling (imagine hill climbs as an example) as well as in your freestyle swim stroke.  

So what’s the position?  Essentially, the position is good posture.  This position of stability with your shoulder blades down and drawn together is referred to as Power Position of the shoulders.  This position can be optimized for your sport activities relatively quickly with the right exercise protocols ( 2-5 weeks), and the resulting changes in your performance can be exciting.  Is that fast enough for you?

So get your triathlon beginner butt over to Total Outcomes Physio Surrey site  and read more about posture in the coming weeks!

Thanks for reading … Oh yeah, and power to the people, right on.