[quote author="Jeremy Richmond" date="1222444243"] I think dbandre knows a lot more than me about resonance because it refers to the behaviour of springs.
I wish I knew more than you about it. Like I said I have been trying to do this for 3-4 years now after starting with a simpler model and trying to apply to weight room numbers and ultimately I have almost given up on trying to come up with a model that will help analyze deficiencies in a race. Instead my weight room workouts evolved to be shorter and less frequent with an emphasis shifting over the course of a season from larger range of motion in squats to smaller ranges of motion in squats. I also went to lighter but faster Olympic Lifts. I also complex my Squats/Deadlifts with an Olympic Lift following the strength lift about 40% of the time. All of these aforementioned items are something most on this board would disagree with. Another thing I do is drop landings and sticking the landing on drops cueing a stiff as possible landing in my plyometric routines.
On the track the my workouts move from more accel/maxV to more speed/special endurance throughout the season, i do have tempo endurance work throughout the season which keeps them fit enough to race the longer sprints while this transition occurs. My horizontal jumpers do this kind of stuff as well. They go from 4-7 stride approaches back to 6-12 strides as the season progresses.
To sum it up my approach is basically a developmental one in which the sprint training throughout the season mimics how acceleration in a race occurs going from less elastic training to more elastic training. Would this training work with and Elite Sprinters??? Maybe, Maybe not, I don’t really know, but it has been effective for myself and an improvement over former training methods and the methods seem to fit my cueing and feedback instruction to athletes better than approaches, but those too have evolved.[/quote]
Why would most on this board disagree with these methods? Larger to smaller range of motion in squats sounds exactly like I would do it. It is extremely specific and one can load up and create a response more akin to that encountered in actual sprinting.
Drop landings and sticking has quite a good efficacy on tendon/connective tissue strengthening. My only concern is that it is too much stress on the body which would explain the need to train less often. In terms of efficacy I was reading a thesis on drop jumping where the researcher proposed a method that had terrific results. I’m not disclosing it here but I wish that researcher would publish it.
For now my understanding of the strengthening of the tendons and connective tissue has little to do with formulaes (causing massive headaches) and more to do with feel. I think we have all seen footage of the Jamaican’s doing a high knee drill on a road (warning- do not try this at home) that was uphill. I think this would create appropriate elastic resonance strength for sprinting.
By the way, the method you disclosed above about 4-7 to 6-12 strides etc. seems to have a similar concept to that in the thesis I mentioned above. Are you willing to give more detail on that method? Fully respect your decision if you want to retain the secrets.