Choosing the Right Surface for Explosive Strength Training

At school and university training centers and at gyms around the country, a practice called explosive training has emerged as a major trend. Explosive training involves intense, Olympic-style movements and lifts with very heavy weights—and numerous repetitions in a short amount of time.

The training is ideal for athletes whose sports demand that they generate extreme force but in a short burst of time. Consider, for example, the volleyball player who needs to leap high into the air and, at the peak of the jump, strike the ball with maximum strength toward the ground. That type of move requires explosive strength. But volleyball is not the only sport that requires moves with explosive strength. Football, track and field, basketball, and many others do as well.

But no matter what the sport, the key equation when it comes to explosive strength is simple:

E2 = S + S.

In other words, explosive exercises (E2) performed with strength plus speed (S + S).

To enhance that capability, athletes must practice explosive exercises—movements that require intense power output in a short amount of time.

Explosive exercises, which are also referred to as explosive power exercises, combine strength training with dynamic movements that are designed to increase strength and speed. Because the objective is to move heavy weights faster while maintaining a strong core, they emphasize controlled, large-muscle movements. Some examples are squats, box jumps, lunges, sprints, and agility drills.

The right flooring

In any athletic training or competition, having the right type of flooring is critical; considering the types of movement involved, that’s especially true for explosive exercises.

For example, athletes who are using sprints as part of their explosive exercise training need just the right combination of shock absorption and energy return. A Mondo surface that’s often used for weight room sprint lanes is designed for just that purpose. Super X Performance has a bottom layer composed of four-sided air cells that deform in two directions to absorb impact and return energy to the foot for takeoff on the next step, and a top layer that provides superb grip and traction.

When it comes to power training, the flooring requirements are very similar. Weightlifters’ movements can carry the force of several hundred pounds, which can put tremendous stress on their bodies. Plastic tile or other flooring with no shock absorption can transfer force from weightlifters’ movements back to their limbs and joints; on the other hand, flooring that’s too soft doesn’t provide the firm footing that’s so important for weightlifting exercises.

Mondo’s vulcanized rubber surfaces—MondoArmor Strength, Sport Impact, and Ramflex—meet all of those requirements: They provide outstanding energy return and shock absorption, they are slip-resistant, and they provide superior traction control.

Another critical characteristic of Mondo’s vulcanized rubber flooring is its optimal coefficient of friction, or COF—a measure of how a lateral surface (the floor) reacts to vertical force (say, from someone’s athletic shoe). That combination makes them the gold standard for athletes performing sprints, power training and other explosive exercises.

Mondo vulcanized rubber flooring is also made from environmentally friendly components that make it fire resistant, antibacterial, low maintenance and extremely durable.

Just as explosive training can provide the platform for athletes’ success in high-power/fast-movement sports, Mondo vulcanized rubber flooring provides the right platform for athletes’ safety and comfort while they train.

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