Powersprint®- strength training for power, speed and technique
Strength training for power and speed with specific motion patterns.

Powersprint - explosive maximum- and speed strength training. Sprint specific strength exercises for power and speed.

The machine for Powersprint strength training is solid handmade in a very robust design. With its many moving parts it is finely mechanically designed, functionally tested after many years of experience. It can here be ordered from: Jan Melen, swedish company SSH: Strength Speed and Health (see downward on the page). The book Strength Speed been processed again and the spiral-bound black and white book I also here warmly recommend to order. Fourteen pages are updated with new pictures and drawings. The book its a must for coaches to deal with modern sprint technique and how to specific exercise in the strength room. The Powersprint machine, now at a lower cost, has it's early look with a low rotation point and without a platform. Now it also could be delivered with a special leverage mechanism as an accessory according the swedish coach Hakan Anderssons concept (see page 76-77). Here you could download a few pages as example from the book as a pdf-file : Pages as example from the book Strength Speed by Jan Melen.pdf .It describes the sprint technology, but also scientific basic facts. This spiral-bound black and white book can be ordered from amazone. See the link downward on the page. The book including the manual of the Powersprint machine and appendices showing all new specific sprint exercises as well as eccentric exercises for more power and for injury prevention. Note here how many ways - also with basics exercises - you can use the Powersprint. The printed black and white book: Strength Speed (Order: www.amazon)
Power Sprint is also EMG-tested in comparison with conventional strength exercises. Note at page 80 the huge activity from the hip extensors semitendinosus and adductor magnus. Important muscles needed for the crucial horizontal force of sprint speed. Read the link lower on the page: "Interesting research" on the importance of the horizontal force. Powersprint now also with improved design, provides still better sprint- /jump performance for athletes and also some general fitness from the upper body activity. The images at the bottom of the page shows the use of the newly manufactered powerprint machine.

The pictures shows here powersprint training with lighter weights for speed strength.


Focus - "explosive" force and power
Schematic drawings. Max speed sprint with Power Sprint machine in comparison with real max speed sprint, Biomechanically analyzed. Line drawing (author) and processed diagram and data (Ralph Mann). With only 32 kg weights load the author (at body weight 67 kg) measured 120kg vertical pressure at Isometric stance in front support phase. It would be easy for an strong elite sprinter to come up to the average 165kg (see diagram) with Powersprint machine.

Powersprint offers now a new EMG-tested way to specifically train "explosive" maximum- and speed strength. Powersprint can contribute to excellent results for both the elite and youth sprinters but can also be particularly suited for masters. The training is similar to sprint running with resistance, but occurs in a weight-loaded leverage device in which also upright maximum phase sprint with very heavy weights can be used. This for development of explosive maximum strength with focus of horisontel forces produced by the specific muscles for this end. In the text you see this fact in an EMG-test. Perhaps you then ask yourself: Shouldn't Olympic lifting, which so far has been the most widely used form of exercise, be largely complemented by such a specific one leg exercise close to sprinter technology? This EMG-test also suggests that Sprint Power is a excellent all-round training tool for the specific strength for sprint speed. This is reported in the book at page. 80-81). Note also that Powersprint could be preventing Hamstrings ruptures (see pages 60 and 79)

In order to justify the use of a powersprint, study the section sprinter technique in the book "Strength speed" - now the illustrations are more developed to the better I hope. Illustrations which specifically shows Pelvis posture and sprint mechanics analysis. The downloadable E-book have also some of the illustrations in color . 45, 47, 50, 54 but in particular 59, 59 where with text and pictures different sprint models are described and how these could be trained with Powersprint. Note: Now, even the quadriceps dominant model could be trained. Pages 60 and 79 shows the exercise "Powersprint One leg RDL" Excentrisk to stretch position, which really could be an alternative to prevent hamstrings muscles ruptures. With film clips examples of such exercises are shown here using Power Sprint, which thus means realistic weight loaded sprint motion in a specially constructed leverage device. This can be loaded with both lighter and very heavy weights. A new design also gives great general fitness: More activity from the trunk and upper body. When the motion is more as "armcurls" it gives greater load on the arms, upper back and shoulders.

Powersprint could develop:

  • Strength mainly in the hip extensors but also in the quadriceps, for better horizontal power generation for sprint speed (See the link "Interesting research" and sections about sprint technique in the book "Strength Speed" and / or PDF-file)
  • The sprint technique as well as the coordination of muscle groups on back of leg, from heel up to lumbar ("The posterier chain") together with some General fitness and Joy



Lisa Warfvinge, Swedish youth champion (age 16) Indoor SM 60m Outdoor 100m and long jump (5.96m). Silver at age 18 Indoor Junior-SM 60m. . Here speed strength training, long jump take off.


Anton Sigurdsson, now second best 400m sprinters in Sweden. Here Powersprint, acceleration I.

Powersprint, weight lifting machine for strength, technique and speed.

The Book: "Strength Speed". Spiral-bound, black-and-white photo textReview
Order: www.amazon

Interesting research: http://bretcontreras.com/sprint-mechanics-world-class-athletes-new-insight-limits-human-locomotion/

Questions about Powersprint and ordering from swedish company SSH: Strength Speed and Health.
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