[quote author="saltojump5" date="1161587564"]
I've had an Olympian high jumper suggest that a lot of those guys don't do bench. They'd rather throw a med ball to keep CNS sharp…or throw in more power jerks. I've really felt the benefits of substituting single arm snatches & upper body stuff that tests balance and elicits the stretch reflex under high speeds better. After all, we're not triple jumping on our arms. They're just there to fulfill the swing phase and they don't undergo extreme compression forces, as in lower body and trunk.
In the fall, upper body lifting is included but come springtime, I try to have them maintain strength through different types of push-ups, medball work, and other various activities. During the year we try to further increase the strength-weight ratio and one way to accomplish this is to decrease any excess upper body mass.
Light and strong . . .
totally disagree, by doing upper body doesnt mean you will get heavy on top esp if u r doing 3×2 or 3×1. i couldnt maintain upper body strength by doing pushups, the only possible way is if ur bp max was 95lb and u could only do 10-15 pushups per set or <