How to Train Power Without Olympic Lifts

Shane Trotter
Strength and Conditioning, Kettlebells, Youth Development

One dogma is as entrenched in sports coaches’ minds as a Texan’s love for good barbecue:


If you are going to develop a good sports performance program, you should base it upon a foundation in the Olympic lifts, particularly if you want to develop quick bursts of power for phosphate-dominant sports like football, track and field, or volleyball.


Based on this belief, the power clean has become the staple in most high school and college programs that seek to train power. While I applaud the attempt to train athletes for the demands of their sports, I wish to dispel this assumption.


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