Portland Oregon Personal Trainer | Power vs. Strength

There is a difference between powerlifting and strength building.  Both involve weights, yes, and both are tested and measured in competition, but there is a fundamental difference between the two, and a fundamental difference in how to train for them.  Strength is the ability to lift a heavy object or resist gravity’s pull against a weight, such as in a bench press or a squat.  Powerlifting is the ability to lift that weight quickly and explosively, and is often associated with such moves as cleans and snatches.  The dynamic movement of the weight is what sets powerlifting apart from strength training.To train for strength, progressively heavier weights must be lifted as muscle is built and strength increases.  Then a maximal weight can be lifted, such as in the bench press, and a personal record can be set.  Training for powerlifting, however, involves both weight lifting and more dynamic, explosive movements.  In the studio, we don’t have the equipment to do barbell cleans and snatches, but we can nevertheless train for power.  Kettlebell swings, cleans and snatches are all powerlifting movements, just modified to work with the equipment we have.Strength and power are kind of two sides of the same coin.  One cannot have decent power without decent strength, and one cannot have strength without at least a modicum of power.  People may be at different levels of strength and power, but you can’t have one without the other.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241