Hey, this is with Kinetic Force. Today, we’re going to be talking about elastic power. One of the things I stress with all my clients, especially the athletes, is how to create and maintain elastic power. Unlike traditional exercises, let’s say something like a barbell back squat that’s very slow, grinding, and robotic, all the movements I teach are very flowing, very elastic, and efficient. That way, a lot of the effort stays out of the muscle belly, so you don’t have that breakdown on the tissue. You strengthen the connective tissue and create a very fast and flowing elastic athlete. When you’re able to do this, just way more efficient. You’re way quicker. You can generate more power, and also there’s less wear and tear on the joints. One of my favorite ways to train is using the Aqualogix aquatic training system. One of my clients, Tim Girvin, he’s a big time brand guru, and he is just as insane as he looks in that picture there. He’s very capable. He actually moves … He’s about 57, and he moves a lot better than a lot of the teenagers and twenty year olds that I train.
With Tim, I can really focus on elastic power production without any worry of any nagging injuries, or any aches and pains. When we get in the pool with the Aqualogix, we can really have at it. One of the movements I love to teach is the single arm fly. With this movement, I have, as you can see here in the video, Tim plant his back leg and throw from that same side arm. He’s going to fire to the foot first, which is always a must in all athletic movements. The power then generates up to the leg, through the hip, through the abdomen, then the torso, then finally the arm. You can’t really see in the video here, but his palm is turned up. I stress that a lot to lengthen out all the internal rotators of the shoulder and humorous. That way, when that move finally finishes, all that anterior musculature gets stretched out and then snaps back at the end of the movement. If you’re looking to increase throwing or punching power, this is an awesome way to achieve that.
This next movement was originally called a power curl, but because Tim being the crazy guy that he is, he used to scream, “Unleash the Kraken,” every time he popped out of the water when he did these, these actually became krakens. With the krakens, as you can see here, Tim’s going to power down. It’s like a little mini squat. His palms are facing away. He’s going to jam those hands back, and really reach up as high as he can, up behind his back. That way we have activation throughout the triceps, and all that power transfers to the mid back. Getting that mid back strong is so crucial for not only posture, but especially athletic and elastic power. Once he finishes that downward stroke, he’s going to flip his hands around, and then lead with the chest. It’s really important to power up through the chest first, so once again we get that lengthening in all that anterior musculature. When he finally finishes that curl, it’s going to whip up in a very fast and powerful manner.
This is a great way to develop throwing and pulling power, and also a really good way to work on ascetics in the arms. Although, I don’t really stress a ton of ascetics, I just kind of figure that comes with athletic movements, but it is something that pretty much all clients want. It’s a good way to sneak in some arm work and also work on their athleticism at the same time. The rotational throws, as you see here that Tim is powering through, one of my favorite movements here. Holding that high resistance bell, Tim’s going to turn from the feet first of course, and really turn that hip all the way to the side. With his arms, he’s going to reach back as far as he can. If you’re athlete client reaches back as far they can, they get really huge lengthening in the lat. For many years being a personal trainer, it seems like everybody is tight in the lat. If you get them to stretch that out actively, it not only helps them to work on their potential power, it just really lengthens out that lat in a healthy manner.
When you get that lat lengthened out, you’re talking about shoulder and neck and back health just really really increase. Once he loads and reaches all the way back as far as he can, he’s going to fire from that same side foot. Once again, that power is going to generate up through the leg, to the hip, through the abdomen, torso, and then finally through the arms. What I really like to stress when my guys do this, is really take your time getting the reach all the way across. When you get your maximum length, that’s when you fire out aggressively. IT really goes hand in hand with the way I like to teach athletic movement. “Maximum length, maximum strength” is a little mantra I use. Reach as far as you can, then fire, then relax and ride the momentum. The great thing about Aqualogix is it’s almost like you get to practice all your sports movements in slow motion. You can really get that whole thing down of maximum length, maximum strength, fire as hard as you can and just ride the momentum of your movement.
One of my go to tools to really teach lower body reactive power is training people how to jump. Tim is very capable of jumping on land, but not all of my clients are. The water with the Aqualogix fins on is a great way, really to ingrain proper jumping mechanics. In the water, what’s amazing about working out in it is you have to stay grounded on the feet. You have to push off with that big toe, which is crucial for posture and athleticism. If you’re not pressing off that foot correctly, off that big toe, you just kind of float around in the pool. You really can’t generate any movement or any sort of strength or power. When I teach jumping in the pool, as you can see Tim going through here, I really emphasize and pushing off that big toe, and pointing the toe, and finishing their foot mechanics first before letting the power travel through their body. That way, if we practice enough in the water, when they get on land, they have that muscle memory of the correct kinetic order, how to jump. Things just get way easier. They start jumping higher, they start jumping faster. It’s pretty amazing to see.
Another great thing about doing the vertical jumps and tuck jumps you see Tim doing in the video, is that with the fins, you have to drive in both directions. With the tuck jump, when he jumps up with the fins on his legs, there’s resistance with his knee drive up. Then for him to land quickly and rhythmically to set himself up for his next jump, he has to push down. With the fins on, there’s resistance there, so he’s getting resistance both in his drive and pulling phase, which you will not get on land. Especially not with any traditional sort of exercise. It’s a great way to ingrain proper jumping mechanics, and also it’s an awesome conditioner. I love to always finish this with this one series of jumps, series of sprints. It not only teaches them skill, but it really wipes them out in a good way. They’re totally out of breath, but at the same time, their muscles are still fresh because these are rhythmic and flowing movements. Don’t be fooled, because it really kicks your butt.
That was just really a small sample of all the athletic movements that I take my more advanced clients through. One of the many many amazing things about the Aqualogix system is a lot of my athletic movements are the same as my rehab movements for my injury guys. They’re just at a higher speed, higher production, higher tempo. Really, the whole system kind of progresses itself. If you’re looking to increase your athleticism for yourself or your trainer, and you’re trying to work with athletes, Aqualogix is your system. There is nothing else like it. The results speak for themselves, and once you try it once, I’m telling you. You’re going to be hooked. Aqualogix, one of the best systems out there hands down.