I am also confused to what exactly “Specific strength” means in this context. People argue not to not bench as it isn’t “sport specific” but you take the strength gains in the chest and shoulders and make it specific through actually doing the activity.
Excellent point. And I think it’s one that’s totally in line with what CV actually wrote.
here’s the logic as I’ve been following it.
He made the point – which we all accept – that general qualities have to be in place for specific results to happen. As a corollary to that he’s pretty adamant that the specific task has to be done to turn general qualities into specific ones — and CV is also saying pointedly that he prefers safe and conservative means to practice that task. He’s purposefully vague on general requirements because he’s seen 10.6 guys squatting 450+ and 10.3 guys squatting 315 (something like that, I’m not going to link to the post he said that in). There’s not any great correlation between what those general levels are and what the specific results are. There are maybe too many variables to control for both of the subject (so the sprinter’s limb length, height, weight, bf, ethniciity, GRF, sq/BW, squat depth, VJ, CMJ, VJ/CMJ, length of training ad infinitum) and of the object (the result itself – time of day, location, altitude, wind, humidity, heat, surface, competition, etc.) That’s sub point #1.
Sub point 2 is what seems to be making people here nutty. My take on it is this. In a movie, say the Karate Kid, the hero learns a special technique that when used properly allows him to emerge victorious. I think what Carl means by “Specific” is actually closer to “Special” in the sense of the Miyagi Crane Kick being a special technique. So, again, my take on it and Carl can correct me if I’m wrong here, is that the “Special” drills, especially in the weight room, have a really, really, remote effect on the track (if any). To extend my Karate Kid metaphor further – sure the Crane Kick looks cool but what idiot would walk right into it? So what practical use was spending that time learning how to do it? And then when other people are trying to replicate your success, is it right they get fixated on the special technique? (Real life bogus example? Myth of Ben Johnson squatting 600 hours before Seoul finals – something with a kernal of truth – BJ squatting very heavy, sometime in the lead up to Seoul – becomes an internet myth, spawns really dangerous and stupid imitators)
I think those are more of the question CV was getting at.
And no, as a layman who hasn’t been competing or coaching for 10 years but wants to get better, this is not a pointless blog. I’m constantly looking for connections and CV makes a lot of them. If you’re an experienced coach or athlete and this is remedial for you that’s great but I personally get a lot from CVs posts.