Is circuit training beneficial when trying to exercise to increase power?

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Circuit training can most definitely be beneficial when trying to increase power as this will help you on your off days of power training let your muscles adapt and you can also do your power exercises in a circuit. It's important for you to be sure you are properly conditioned before doing too much on the power side of your work out. A good way to condition yourself is to add two or three power exercises into a circuit routine. So, if you start with a bench press followed immediately by tricep presses then you can go to a medicine ball station and do a scoop toss for your shoulders. There is an infinite number of ways this type of work out can be designed and it's good to do it different every time so you will not plateau too soon. It is also a great idea to put some single leg balance and leg presses in to a power jumping routine not only for strength and power but for long, lean definition in the legs. Don't forget to add foam rolling into this routine as tight muscles will not produce maximum power. 

It can be, but it may not be as effective as performing a set of a power exercise and then rest for roughly 3-5 minutes (depending on intensity/load) before performing another set. This will give you ample amounts of rest before your next set so you can perform your next set of the power exercise with ideal levels of intensity to maximize your power potential. Circuit training requires you to go from one exercise to the next with no rest. Seeing that power exercises are quite intense, the exercises you perform at the beginning of the circuit may be able to be performed at a higher level of speed in comparison to the exercises towards the end of the circuit due to fatigue. This may effect my ability to get the most out of my power routine if power development is my primary goal. Something else to consider is that as you fatigue, your technique will begin to suffer. So the exercises towards the end of the circuit may not be performed as well as the exercises in the beginning, which again can decrease your ability to generate optimal levels of power and increase the risk of injury. This is not to say you will not develop power by performing these exercises in a circuit, you just may not develop your full potential that way.

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