52-Week Strength & Conditioning Series - Phase 5: Power 1

In this series, we've created a 52-week strength and conditioning program to help you look and feel good. Each week we will present a new phase of training to help you maximize your time spent in the gym.

Take raw gym strength, add blazing speed and you get what every athlete bleeds, sweats, and cries for in the off-season and what every coach expects when it counts on game day: power.

The ability to exert a force through a specified range of motion, within a short time period, is essential in both sport and life. Whether you're on the beach throwing a football with your kids, playing in a softball league or hauling bags of mulch in your backyard, only the strongest, fastest man will resist injury and prevail in the long run.

Ryan Lee, M.S., C.S.C.S., exercise physiologist and founder of SportSpecific.com, recommends a simple plan for achieving optimal power:

"High quality work with adequate rest. Power exercises, like explosive plyometrics (jump training) or Olympic lifts, should be performed as quickly as possible." In order to reduce the chance of injury, use proper technique and take three to five minutes rest between sets of the power exercises, says Lee.

Training Guidelines

Frequency Of Training

Beginner: If you're new to the iron game (less than 12 months of consistent strength and conditioning experience) consider yourself a beginner. In addition, it's a good idea to follow the beginner plan if you've been away from the gym for two or more months. You will make steady progress with just two sessions each week. Be sure to rest 48-to-72 hours between training days. Monday/Thursday, Tuesday/Friday or Wednesday/Saturday training splits work best. For example, perform Schedule A on Monday and Schedule B on Thursday.

Intermediate/Advanced: If you have been involved in organized strength training and conditioning exercise for the previous year or more, you're in the Intermediate/Advanced category. Perform three workouts per week, alternating between Schedule A and Schedule B.

Recording Your Workouts

Keep track of the forces used, as well as the number of repetitions completed for each set. We've provided a training log for the Intermediate/Advanced athlete; however, beginners can use the same template by eliminating the third workout in each week.

(Excel) Phase 5 Schedules

Dynamic Warm-Up

Warm up on the stationary cycle or treadmill for five minutes prior to beginning your workout. Your warm up session should increase body temperature and make you sweat, without causing fatigue.


Box Jumps

Resistance Training Exercises

Phase 5: Power 1A

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 5: Power 1A

Core Exercises

Phase 5: Power 1C

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 5: Power 1C

Resistance Training Exercise

Barbell Bench Press
Phase 5: Power 1B

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 5: Power 1B

Core Exercises

Phase 5: Power 1D

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 5: Power 1D

Cardiovascular Exercises

Phase 5: Strength 2C/D

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 5: Strength 2C/D

Flexibility Exercises

Phase 5: Strength 2C/D

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 5: Power 2C/D

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