Father time comes for us all but we can darn sure delay him!

Time doesn’t stop. As much as there are moments in our lives that we want to bask in forever, we get older. With that come changes to the way we need to train, especially when it comes to staying afield in pursuit of our favorite game species. This topic of training is called “Elasticity” or “Power.”

The actual definition of power in the fitness world, is the body’s ability to move weight quickly. That weight could be your body or it could be some sort of external weight like a dumbbell or kettlebell. You may already be thinking of your favorite kettlebell swing variation or jumping rope, and as we get older these types of things only become more important.

Why Move Quickly?

Quick movements can often be associated with the term “reflex”. Our body’s reflexes are oftentimes based on the ability to move an arm, leg, hand or foot quickly. These types of movement can come in handy when needing to make a change in the turkey woods from one position to another. Maybe you are stalking into the range of a cagey gobbler and you need to catch your balance while traversing a large hill. Either way, all of this falls under “Elasticity” or the ability of a muscle to lengthen and shorten quickly.

Not Everyone is the same

Not all power or quick movements are going to be the same for everyone. Each person lives a different life and has different outdoor interests. Some may be a bit more active than others and some may not get much movement at all during the day. So movements used to the train these clients are going to be different across the board.

Here’s an example. If I’m training a former couch potato, I may train elasticity by making them sit in a chair then stand back up as quickly as possible. In this sense, they are moving their body faster than they have before. It’s a great intro to creating elastic cover in multiple muscle groups. But, if I’m training a stud athlete, I may use box jumps with a single foot landing. Allowing that person to not only explode off the floor because they have the control to catch themselves on the top of the box properly.

These are two extreme examples, but both allow for muscles to lengthen and shorten quickly based on fitness level and functional ability.

Everyday Life

catch themselves when their balance goes awry. While poor strength training is almost 100% the cause of bad balance, lack of elasticity in the muscles is often why we can’t catch ourselves. With this explanation alone, I can say with absolute certainty that using exercises that cause you to simply move “faster than normal” are great ways to stay in shape and ward off aging. Better yet, these movements will help you perform better in the field, in the woods and on the water.

If you aren’t, and your program is solely based around strength training… GREAT! However, add some power movements to become more “elastic” and start training like the athlete you are!

What power movements do you perform in your workouts to combat aging and improve elasticity?

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Nick Lape is the head strength & conditioning coach at Fit To Hunt