If you took a gifted sprinter and put him on a sport specific explosive lifting and sprinting programme for 3 months would the change in his performance be greater than if you put the same sprinter on a general strength non explosive lifting programme with the same sprint training?
I am not convinced there would be any significant difference between the 2 methods.
Now i understand your point a bit better! And i still totally disagree. You are basically saying that alternate methods of training do not make a difference to performance and the only thing that does is by actually performing the given task/sport. That is just wrong.
Practical experience and great coaches all over the world has taught us that variability of specific training has a great effect on performance. Also, be fast train fast, be explosive train explosive – this is simple but true. Just on the mere fact of the overload principle would have option A beating option B time and time again. There is no question.
Not really saying that Nick, your misunderstanding is likely my lack of ability to put a point across. I ‘ll try again;
Will a gifted sprinter (or any sprinter for that matter) improve there performance more from fast lifts like OL, depth jumps or what ever plyo/explosive method a coaches use MORE than they would if they lifted heavy weights with the intent to move quickly (so no atual fast movements) with the aim of getting stronger.
I am not aware of any studies that show this – comparing different athletes in groups i.e. 1 group does explosive lifting and the other does intended fast lifitng – means nothing – the tests would have to be carried out on the same athlete (a large number can be tested). So for example athlete A performs explosive lifting and sprint training for 6 months with sprint performance taken at the beggining and end of that 6 months – the improvement if any if noted.
Athlete A then performs pure strength training and sprint training for 6 months and sprint performance is recorded before and after the 6 months again. Improvements recorded.
There is little evidence to suggest that there would be a difference in the improvements found between the explosive lifting focusing on power and the intended explosive lifitng focused on strength.
which opens all sorts of questions.
If power is best produced at circa 30% of max effort then why not get strong enough to make the body weight offer 30% rep max per leg to allow for maximum power output per stride? – just one of many qeustions to consider
Richard aka Ham