If youโ€™re a runner, you understand the importance of lacing up the shoes, putting in the miles, building up that base, and getting in a few days at the gym. While this is certainly a recipe for success, itโ€™s not always the best recipe for success. Why? Whatโ€™s the magic ingredient we are missing? Well let me ask you, when is the last time you hit the weight room and more importantly, when is the last time you lifted with an emphasis on power training to improve your speed? I stumped you, huh? Power is often that missing ingredient from a runnerโ€™s perfect training plan to improve speed and get you to the finish line quicker. Check out this blog for the best power exercises for runners to develop speed. And from this point on it's speedy miles and podium finishes!

Why do some athletes jump higher, sprint faster, and cut quicker than others? It is because of power! A common misconception is that training for strength by loading large amounts of weight directly increases athleticism; however the transfer to your athletic endeavors are not made by simply lifting heavy loads. Power=Work/Time, meaning there is a velocity or speed component when training for power. It is important to keep this in mind if you are either an athlete or you are a healthcare professional working with athletes, as this can be a gap that is often missed with this population. This article will demonstrate 5 exercises that you can perform with just a kettlebell to increase your rate of force production and level up your power!