Why functional training matters: Weight machines have many advantages but they typically isolate specific muscles rather than a series of them and thus do not imitate one’s natural movements. With PowerWear, you’ll be doing what you already do to train, but with an added layer of resistance that makes your muscles and cardiovascular system work that much harder, improving strength, explosive power, endurance, and coordination.
It’s one of the reasons kettlebells have seen such an explosion in popularity with performance athletes. A functional exercise will utilize reflex responses to keep balance, force the body to maintain a center of gravity and/or have a high carryover into work or sport. These movements have been shown to improve strength, power, endurance, flexibility, coordination, balance, agility and speed. Full-body exercises, compared to single-joint exercises also restrict local fatigue, reduce stress on individual joints and increase coordination.
Ultimate PowerWear products are the latest and most revolutionary addition to functional training - as they do not restrict normal movement nor do they hinder coordination. The added weight stimulates the exact muscles that are normally used in a sport or activity. Because they are so comfortable to wear, you may even forget you have them on!
Core strength training: The core consists of many different muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis and run the entire length of the torso. These muscles stabilize the spine, pelvis and shoulder and provide a solid foundation for the rest of your movement. Core conditioning exercise programs need to target all these muscle groups to be effective. A strong core distributes the stresses of weight-bearing and protects the back. The goal of core stability is to maintain a solid, foundation and transfer energy from the center of the body out to the limbs.
Training the muscles of the core also corrects postural imbalances that can lead to injuries. The biggest benefit of core training is to develop functional fitness – that is, fitness that is essential to both daily living and regular activities.
Unlike other weighted clothing, PowerWear shorts, vests and suits are ideally balanced and focused on the core. They are excellent tools to get even more out of your core strength training. Ankle or wrist weights just won’t cut it.
Sport-specific strength: Sport-specific strength training programs are fundamental to an athlete’s development and success. The principle of specificity states that training should mirror the demands of the sport as closely as possible. This applies not only to the way the body’s energy systems and neuromuscular system is taxed (through manipulation of intensity, and rest intervals, etc.) - but also to the movement patterns of each exercise. It’s the reason you do drills, practice fundamental movements, and train specific groups that are going to be bearing the strain.
The principle of overload states that a greater than normal stress or load on the body is required for training adaptation to take place. The body will adapt to this stimulus. Once the body has adapted then a different stimulus is required to continue the change. In order for a muscle (including the heart) to increase strength, it must be gradually stressed by working against a load greater than it is used to.
With Ultimate PowerWear, go ahead and train as you normally would for your sport. Our shorts, vests and suits place just enough extra load to help develop the exact muscles that are naturally used without constraining your movement or coordination. Even better, as you get stronger, more weight can be added, so you’re always pushing your limits, safely and effectively.
Speed training: Speed is the ability to reach a high velocity of movement in whatever mode of locomotion. Practicing moving and accelerating faster helps to condition the neuromuscular system to improve the firing patterns of fast twitch muscle fibers. Two variations of basic speed training are assisted and resisted speed training. Assisted training (also called overspeed training) helps to improve stride frequency. This is the effect one feels after removing the PowerWear. Quite literally, it’ll feel like a weight has lifted, and all your movements will seem lighter, more effortless, and powerful.
Explosive power training: Explosive power training helps to improve elite athletes’ ability to generate power and strength. This is essential in sports that require fast bursts of maximal effort, such as sprinting and jumping. The types of exercises used to build this power test your fast twitch muscle fibers, responsible for making these fast movements from static to motion possible. Explosive (speed and strength) exercises build athletic power and are more effective when combined with other types of training. Both cross-sectional and longitudinal data suggest that in order to maximize strength, power and speed of movement, a combination of heavy and light explosive exercise provides superior results than either training style alone.