Easy exercises for explosive power

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  1. nino

    nino Yellow Belt

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    Do you guys have some easy exercises for that explosive power?
     
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    Jumping squats is a really effective one for something "easy" since you don't need any weights to get results.
     
  3. nino

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    But is that for kicking power?
     
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    Absolutely. It'll basically help improve just about any strike that requires you to use your feet/legs to generate the force. Look up exercises for your hip flexors as well. The better your hips are, the better your kicks will be.
     
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    Make sure to get on a steady routine of hitting the tanning salon for that melanin power boost...
     
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    DeadlyArt Muay Thai Specialist

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    Burpees!!!! Jumping squats...
     
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    Medicine balls throws, sledge hammer swings, landmine presses, plyometric pushups, all sorts of stuff.
     
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    I don't feel like squats translate that well to kicking. Deadlifts feel more useful since they engage the hips more. With a standard MT round kick you don't use your legs as much as your hips as you rotate
     
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    Ultra O’Dia Blue Belt

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    i believe in throws. squats, jumping squats, oly lifts are all good, but I really like the true ballistic element of throwing. The release not disabling full power like a catch does.
     
  10. Snubnoze707

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    It all matters. I've never trained at any martial arts gym that didn't have you do and hold squats.
     
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    Knowing from experience they def do. I personally prefer deadlifts as my main strength/explosiveness exercise, especially hex bar style, but you don't get a lot of activation in the quads with standard barbell deadlifts. The extra strength in the quads from squats will have a direct impact on the power of your kicks. I've always noticed a difference when lifting more often that my kicks, especially middle and low, would become much heavier landing. Try both and discover a balance that suits you. The plyo effect of jumping body weight squats helps a lot with speed and explosiveness without making yourself too sore from using weighted squats. Save the "power strength" part for the deadlifts lol.
     

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