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52-Week Strength & Conditioning Series - Phase 8: Power 2.

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.

There's an old coaching adage: Train slow, be slow. In other words, every now and then you've got to move quickly in the gym. We're not talking about the frantic sprint to the rest room after you slug down a prune smoothie. (Although you'll most likely break a sweat and increase your heart rate—both necessary for proper warm-up.)

This is explosive power training. And everyone can benefit from a little more power. Maybe you're negotiating a jump-turn through waist-deep powder on the slopes. Perhaps you'll hurdle an opponent to catch the winning touchdown pass on the beach.

Over the next four weeks you will jump, twist, and leap your way to a more explosive, powerful physique. Perform the exercises quickly and with proper form. The added muscle is a benefit too. Just remember to skip the prune smoothie next time.

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 7 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.


Resistance Training Exercises

Phase 8: Power 2A

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 8: Power 2A

Core Exercises


(Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 8: Power 2C

Resistance Training Exercises

Bench Press
Phase 8: Power 2B

      (Excel) Printable Log Of PHASE 8: POWER 2B

Core Exercises

Smith Machine Squat
Phase 8: Power 2D

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 8: Power 2D

Cardiovascular Exercises

Phase 8: Power 2C/D

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 8: Power 2C/D

Flexibility Exercises

Phase 8: Power 2C/D

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 8: Power 2C/D

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