The difference between Strength & Power training… In basic terms

The words STRENGTH & POWER gets thrown around alot when it comes to training, if its in the gym or in a sporting environment. But really what is the difference between STRENGTH & POWER?
This blog will put it to you in very basic terms and not try to make it sound more difficult than it needs to be, so that you can apply it to your own training, for whatever goal you are aiming towards.

What does STRENGTH mean?

Strength is the ability to apply a set force to a movement to overcome a set resistance… That means you are requiring your body to work as hard as it can to appy a force to a movement moving it from point A to point B, for example lifting a heavy barbell. It doesn’t require a set speed or repetition, just simply pushing, pulling twisting etc from point A to point B.

What does POWER mean?

Power is the ability to move a set resistance in a set time… This could mean, from point A to point B as quick as possible or as many time as you can from point A to point B in a set time, for example pushing a sledge. It doesn’t require a set resistance, just simply how quick or how any many times you can move that object or resistance in a set time.

So to clear up the difference wbetween STRENGTH & POWER… the easiest way to think about it is this;
Strength is moving a very heavy object once,
Power is move a object as quick as you can once or more times.
So if you were putting both training methods into the same exercise it would be compared like this…
The Bench Press,
Strength = lifting 200kg 1RM,
Power = lifting 50kg 50R in 60sec

So make sure you think long and hard when it comes to your training and what type of training method you require. Is it STRENGTH or is it POWER, you decide.

Ben Stapleton
Aptitude Fitness