Curious to know what he would say about training an athlete in the developmental stages. It seems most of the coaches I’m aware of with this viewpoint for these two events still believe that general strength levels in squats, pulls, etc need to reach certain benchmarks before moving to the specific strength format.
This is something that has always bothered me. I keep thinking that single-leg deadlifts are a superior exercise to squats because they hit the posterior chain harder, but part of me thinks that I need to get my squat up to a certain weight before I even worry about that. In a more general sense do you think it’s better to establish strength in a less specific exercise (such as a squat) before moving on to more specific movements? My guess is that you’re going to say yes.