Power training provides special benefits for muscle and function. Strength training is a popular term for exercises that build muscle by harnessing resistance against an opposing force. Strength training is sometimes called resistance training, progressive resistance training, or weight training. The resistance can come from your body, or from free weights, elasticised bands, or specialised machines. No matter what kind of resistance you use, putting more than the usual amount of load on your muscles makes them stronger. Because the muscles being exercised are attached to underlying bone, these exercises strengthen bones as well. Strength training isn’t just for those in search of buff bodies or bulked-up muscles. It also boosts the strength needed for daily tasks. Just about any activity becomes easier with stronger muscles. So does any sport you enjoy. Another type of training, known as power training, is proving to be just as important as strength training in maintaining or restoring function. As the name suggests, power training is aimed at increasing power, which is the product of both strength and speed. Optimal power reflects how quickly you can exert force to produce the desired movement. Here’s an example: Faced with a four-lane intersection, you may have enough strength to walk across the street. But it’s power, not just strength, that can get you across all four lanes of traffic before the light changes. Likewise, power can prevent falls by helping you react swiftly if you start to trip or lose your balance. Some power moves are strength training exercises done at a faster speed. Others rely on the use of a weighted vest, which is worn while performing certain exercises that are typically aimed at improving functions such as bending, reaching, lifting, and rising from a seated position. As we age, muscle power ebbs even more swiftly than strength does. So exercises that can produce gains in power become especially important later in life. That’s why some investigators in the field of physical medicine are now combining the swift or high-velocity moves of power training with more deliberate and slow strength-training exercises to reap the benefits of both activities. So lets look at some awesome Power moves that can be added to your routine in the gym. Squat Jumps - Think Squat with a jump. Box Jumps - Squat and then jump onto a stable box Alternate Split Lunge - Lunge position and adding a jump to the move Explosive Bench Press - Same as a normal BB Bench Press but with a different pace. 3- 4 sec on the way down and an explosive pace on the way up. Power exercises are a fantastic way to increase your strength as well as speed but they do increase the risk of injury so always speak to a fitness professional before attempting these exercises.