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Workouts That Build Power With Just Doing Push-Ups, Pull-Ups And Dips

author image David Arroyo
David Arroyo is a 20th level nerd with specialty classes in fitness and arts. After getting his Master of Arts in English from Florida State University. He became an A.C.E.certified trainer and health coach. In addition, he completed the Crossfit Kettlebell certification. When not consumed with writing, he's pursuing his purple belt in BJJ.
Workouts That Build Power With Just Doing Push-Ups, Pull-Ups And Dips
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Bodyweight training is an effective way to build strength. It addresses both the muscles and the surrounding connective tissue. Push-ups, pull-ups and dips are foundational exercises for the upper body. However, these exercises have applications beyond strength development. They can be used to cultivate power, too.

Power and Plyometrics

According to the American Council on Exercise, plyometric exercises are an effective means of training for power, leading "to improvements in vertical jump performance, leg strength, muscle power, acceleration, balance and overall agility." They're a staple of professional and Olympic athletes. To maximize their benefits follow two simple rules. One, make sure you've been strength training for at least a few months to minimize the risk of injury. Two, keep the volume low and the quality of movement high.

The Exercises

Integrate clapping pull-ups and clapping push-ups into your routine a couple of times of week. Keep the repetitions between 3 and 10. Focus on being light and fluid in your movements. Do two to three sets before intensive strength work. Since both exercises address triceps power, you can perform dips in the usual way for strength training. As with any program using plyometrics, seek professional supervision.

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