[quote author="Richard aka Ham" date="1225589228"]Hi John,
If what you are doing is giving you improvements over what you were previously doing then stick with it. Hearing other opinions will only serve to change something that is working – if it aint broke…..
What do you think would happen if you dropped the cleans?
Have you been adjusting your skill in the throws at all – got any new technique adjustments from your coach, upped your skill practice/reduced it?
Do you strengthen the upper body throwing muscles at all? details – now I am curoius
Oh of course. I was not planning on changing it, but I always believe in increasing my knowledge base. Especially because I want to get into coaching once this year is over. the only changes that will be made to my current strength program will be made by the person making the workout…
I think if i dropped the cleans I would be good, but not as good. I think if a good athlete dropped anything from their weight program they can still be good because its not the end all be all. For 3 – 4 years I worked out under our schools strength training program and they dont have/take the time to make workouts that are applicable to the events. they separate the throwers and thats it. There was one day of just hang cleans and then a lot of the lifts you talk about during the rest of the week.
I now do lifts to strengthen my upper body, and I think it will be increased this next phase because I didn’t have the increase in max strength that he wanted. I have developed my skill in the disc, but the shot I had not and I was stand throwing what I full threw at WAC champs last year. But I will say by far cleans have been the most helpful lift for me track especially when it comes to jumps.[/quote]
WHat do you think it is about the cleans that makes them effective at increasing your throws?