Your reply makes good sense. At one point Bush had a trainer that had him doing some pretty ridiculous things. I do feel proper progressed movement has to be part of training in the offseason for team sport athletes. Different sports and different athletes will create unique training situations. Basketball players often find ways to play varying levels of organized ballyear round so they may need less movement training. For a football player OTAs will give some limited exposure to movement but I wouldn’t want to send them to training camp having only lifted during the offseason. I may be taking the Kobe Bryant / charlie Francis statements to an extreme. Thoughts.
[quote author="Jason Roe" date="1277158425"]Carl,
Could you please expand upon this part of the post:
“Even coach Francis said that speed work for a NFL athlete is not as maximal and lifts are often safer options.”
I don’t quite understand the statement or the desired outcome: Speed work doesn’t provide enough overload for an elite level NFL athlete? Lifting will provide the overload? Lifting is less likely to lead to injury than speed work?
Movement (linear or changing directions) at high speeds has to be part of teh preparation of an NFL athlete, correct? That is what their sport demands.
We don’t know the level of transfer weights will have but the theory Charlie has that weights can be measured and the risks are low by meeting the previous years numbers. Sort of when Reggie Bush started to do treadmill ninja rolls and Charlie reminded us remember to do what got you there.
Another point is when do you actually get the system strength and power better when off-seasons look like in-season work.[/quote]