Explosive Power in Krav Maga – Explosiveness is an important factor in Krav Maga training and should not be overlooked, you will no doubt carry out some form of explosive power training in your general Krav Maga class without even realizing it.
What is Explosive Strength?
Definition: Explosive Strength, a component of speed strength, refers to acceleration or rate of force development, or “the neuromuscular system’s ability to generate high action velocities.”
Simply put, explosive strength refers to an individual’s ability to exert a maximal amount of force in the shortest possible time interval.
For conceptual purposes, think of a sprinter forcefully driving into the starting blocks, a high-jumper propelling himself off of the ground, a Boxer throwing that Right Cross, or a weight lifter squatting a near maximal load. While each of these movements are markedly different from one another, both in form and speed of movement, they all require explosive strength.
Power (which results from explosive strength) can be represented as:
Power (P) = Force (F) x Velocity (V)
As the equation shows, in order to display a high level of P one must be capable of exerting a high amount of F and V.
So how do we achieve greater F and V?
For a majority of individuals, initially improving your maximal strength will be far more important than speed. Before you perform any Explosive strength or Plyometric conditioning there are some areas in which you need to build a strong foundation. This foundation will significantly enhance the quality of any Explosive Strength training and will also protect you from injury, you can find more on strength training here.
However, as a Kravist progresses and exhibits sufficient maximal strength, targeted training to improve speed becomes an essential component to improving explosive strength and power as well.
In summary, explosive strength refers to the ability to exert a maximal amount of force in the shortest possible time interval.
Rather than lay a workout out for you, I want you to be able to take the concepts, ideas and principles of developing Explosive strength and implement the training into your own routine.
So to get you started here’s a short list of Exercises I like to implement for Explosiveness:
This list could go on, I have only included the first 5 from the top of my head. If you want some more ideas feel free to ask in class.
Developing high levels of explosive strength and power are essential for a variety of athletes across numerous sports and disciplines.
I hope this article gave you better insight into the development of explosive strength and power, and subsequently feel more comfortable and knowledgeable in regard to programming them within your training routine.
As a final note, I want to make one last comment: There is not one single movement or exercise that builds explosive strength/power. Whether you’re doing cleans, snatches, deadlifts, squats, med ball throws, etc…none of these movements build explosive power unless they are being performed correctly – to build explosive strength the exercise or movement must be performed in an explosive manner.
For more information on training in Krav Maga or to set up your Free trial Krav Maga class in Newcastle please Contact Instructor Jeff Hollows.