Power, Strength or Stamina – Which One?
For those of you who lift weights – and there are plenty of good reasons for why you should – what is your weightlifting goal? Do you want to be stronger, more powerful, or have more stamina?
92Y May Center Personal Trainer Ken Watts, pictured above, provided some definitions to help you make up your mind:
STRENGTH is the ability to produce force (e.g., lifting a heavy medicine ball)
POWER is the ability to produce force quickly (e.g., throwing a heavy medicine ball)
STAMINA is the ability to sustain the force you produced over a prolonged period of time (e.g., performing sprints while carrying a medicine ball)
Judging from the size of Ken’s arms as well as his background as a bodybuilder and fifth-degree black belt, we’ll take his word for it.
Ken also gave some great pointers a few months back on the 92Y May Center Facebook page about choosing the right medicine ball for you.