Explosive strength performance is the result of a partnership between the muscles and nervous system. The muscles are the ‘engine’ and the nervous system is the ‘governor / control panel.’ Explosive strength is also known as Power, which the combination of strength and speed together. When the nervous system is able to command that muscles fire at a maximal rate, the body is putting out the most effort possible. The formula for power is “force x velocity” aka the ability to express force quickly. When athletes train with maximal intent on each rep or in whatever activity their performing, they’re working to move with maximal force and velocity every time. These repeated efforts lead to enhanced power output / explosive strength and speed and consequently more athletic ability.
Athletes that possess the rare combination of both speed and strength, makes them virtually unstoppable. By training strength and speed concurrently, athletes will develop their power in sprinting, jumping, change of direction – overall force production and force absorption. Force absorption is a rare and hidden quality that helps athletes become more durable / less injury-prone. In sports like football, this is probably the most valuable attribute for any athlete. If an athlete is fast and strong but not durable, they will not last long. That is why mobility is so important, which works on the flexibility of athletes’ joints and the stability around their joints.
Training systems that produce the best results prioritize strength, speed, conditioning, and mobility. All together, these attributes contribute to enhanced performance and power potential for the athlete. All things equal, the more powerful athletes are, the more potential they have to win and dominate in whatever arena they compete.