Powerful Points!

Are you ready to build power in the gym and stop at nothing to achieve your goals?
When it comes right down to it there isn't a person in the land that doesn't want power or to be powerful. Whether it's being a powerhouse or a part of a power structure that they are after is a personal penchant. Physical power and influential power are both very desirable attributes but if you are reading this, chances are that the former is what's on your mind and in your heart. From a physics standpoint, let's take a quick look at power. Power is equal to the amount of work done divided by the time it takes to do it. Now what exactly makes up work? Work is equal to force times distance. [ W = F x d ] By using the substitution of "force times distance" for "work," power is equal to the amount of force times distance divided by the time it takes to do it. [ P = (F x d)/t ] Don't get confused by all of the equations.

Notice however, that time is on the bottom of the fraction. What happens when you decrease the denominator of a fraction? Doesn't the fraction (equal to power) increase in value? To quickly illustrate: 100/100 = 1 When the denominator is lowered to 50 (100/50) the value increases to 2. When lowered again to 25 (100/25) the value of the fraction increases to a value of 4. If we lower the denominator all the way down to 1, (100/1) doesn't the value increase all the way to 100? To conclude, the value of a fraction will increase as the denominator decreases (provided that all else remains constant). With our equation, the value of the fraction is equal to power right? Well can't we increase the value of the fraction (power) by decreasing the denominator (time)? What I am proposing to you is that by decreasing the time it takes to perform a lift, you can significantly increase the power output. It is no secret that powerlifters usually lift explosively. This is exactly the reason why. As quickness and explosiveness is increased, the total time is decreased, thus an increase in power output. By the same token, increase any other variable in the equation (force or distance) and the power output will increase. Obviously if you increase the force, you will be generating more power. However, increasing distance is not practical, as we want to generate the most amount of power in the least amount of time.

The following power plan is an exceptionally effective one. I designed it a few years ago and used it for about three months before injuring myself on a job site. The gains I made in my three main lifts using this plan were inconceivable. Not only did they all skyrocket, but in a very short period of time. My deadlift inflated from a pathetic 285 pounds to an aspiring 425 pounds. My squats were quick to follow, blasting from 295 pounds to 390 pounds, and my bench press from 250 pounds to 305 pounds. I have used this plan with many people as well, and their results were very similar in the same regard.

Begin each day with a 5-10 minute cardio warm-up. Warm-up in some warm-up pants and a warm-up jacket. It is important to get your blood flowing through your veins, especially when you start the heavier lifting. You should use a stopwatch to time yourself between sets, leave no guessing.

Week 1-4: Week 5-8: Week 9-12:
Day 1: Back, Biceps
-Barbell Deadlifts 3x8 4x6 5x4
-Barbell Row 3x10 3x8 4x6
-Wide Grip 3x8 3x7 3x6
-Barbell Curls 3x8 3x6 2x5/2x5 in a power rack.
(Week 9-12 break it into 2 portions using a power rack. For example, do bottom position with the pin 8 holes up, then do top position with the pin 7 holes up.)
Day 2: Endurance Run
Day 3: Chest, Triceps, Shoulders, Abs
-Bench Press 3x8 4x6 5x4
-Close Grips 3x8 3x6 3x4
-Dumbbell Shoulder Press (weeks 1-6) 3x8 3x6 3x4
-Barbell Shoulder Press (weeks 7-12)
-Decline Crunches into a sit-up (use dumbbells to add weight if you have to) 4x10 4x7 4x4
-Leg/Hip raises on an incline bench 4x10 4x7 4x4
Day 4: Rest and Recovery
Day 5: Legs
-Squats 3x8 4x6 5x4
-Seated Leg Presses 3x8 4x6 4x4
-Leg Curls 3x8 3x6 3x8 (week 9-10)
(1st 8 weeks only) 3x6 (week 11-12)
-Stiff Legged Deadlifts
(Weeks 9-12 only)
-Standing Calf Raises 2x15 2x10 3x6
-Seated Calf Raises 2x15 2x10 3x6
(make sure you get full stretch and contraction)
Day 6: Rest and Recovery
Day 7: Rest and Recovery

Make sure your getting plenty of rest at night. Immediately after each session you should be eating a full spectrum of carbohydrates from high to low glycemic and consuming whey protein. It should be a 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein respectively. Depending on your weight, 30-50 grams of protein would be ample and 90-150 grams of carbohydrates should compliment it very well.

Are you ready to build power in the gym and stop at nothing to achieve your goals? It is time to train with the utmost blinding intensity, be consistent, and greet the mental challenges you will endure with a smile on your face and an unparalleled eagerness to conquer them. It is your mental challenges in the next 12 weeks that will be your biggest battles, not the weight. Train like a true warrior, physically and mentally, and you will not falter… you will NOT fail!

  • Begin EVERY workout with a warm-up.
  • For weeks 1-4 take 1.5 minutes between each set.
  • For weeks 5-8 take 2 minutes between each set.
  • For weeks 9-12 take 3-3.5 minutes between each set
  • Drink plenty of water throughout and concentrate on good form all through the program.
  • Good luck!!!

Anthony Church