I see where you are going with the reduction of exercises but wouldn’t sticking with only two lifts for an entire training year only make you stronger in those two lifts? Like we saw with joe without the continued changing of exercises he became one dimensional in his strength and power application. It just seems to me that you should want to train you body with different variables such as cleans from above knee, below knee, from floor, squats to the ground etc. Its true that we should not train muscles but in fact movements and the nervous system but if we limit the movements we train then isn’t there a lesser chance of transfer to the track?
No, exactly the opposite. Initially when you perform a new exercise the improvements you see primarily result from improved inter/intra muscular coordination that are specific to THAT exercise. Over time further gains result from structural adaptations and from improvements in central drive (nerve impulses per unit time). These are general adaptations and will cross over to ALL movements… This is really a fundamental point and one I have repeated several times throughout this thread.
When strength improvements fail to transfer to the track it generally means they have been achieved at a cost to the quality of the specific track sessions. That’s why I advocate only 2 weights sessions per week.