[quote author="Carl Valle" date="1323143348"][quote author="star61" date="1323123810"][quote author="Irish100m" date="1323113529"]So what’s the best way to reduce GCT, or the the best way to improve stride length without reducing frequency?
I may be in the minority with this opinion, but I think any attempt to intentionally reduce GCT will lead to less force application and slower speeds. GCT is simply a function of the speed of the sprinter, IMHO, with minor differences resulting from sprinter specific differences such as limb length etc. The faster you run, the shorter GCT gets, but shorter GCTs are a problem, THE problem, not a solution. The answer to the second part is easy in theory, difficult in application. More force application during the shorter and shorter GCT will result in a greater stride length, and the easy answer is to improve RFD so more force can be generated in less time. How to train for that is, IMHO, the Holy Grail of sprinting, but I have no idea what it is.[/quote]
Holy Grail? Great genetics and exposure to the training we know makes the impact. A dose of the right general qualities and sprinting is obvious, but how much is just based on history of what tends to work with most. The cup is right in front of us, but it’s too obvious that nobody wants to address that talent is # 1 and many different training methods may work, but the realities is that nothing special exists. We all want to believe that more available options will help outside talent, such as supplements, gadgets, and of course Max Strength.[/quote]You speak the obvious and the absolute useless. We can’t, at the current time, change anyone’s genetics. And the reality is that there ARE things that work better than others…that’s why times have steadily dropped over the last few decades. Better nutrition, better training, better equipment. But we all know that. We’re discussing what specific training might be used to attack the problems surrounding MaxV. I believe that if we can improve RFD in the muscles and motions specific to sprinting, which will allow greater force applicaton, we can see some success. I have not been convinced that reducing GCT by any other means than running faster, will result in a higher frequency without affecting stride length, although I welcome being corrected on this point. I think Max Strength runs its course very early in a sprinters career, after that RFD is more important. I don’t know exactly how to improve RFD specific to sprinting, but I know posts like your last three or four bring us no closer to getting there.[/quote]
“Better nutrition, better training, better equipment. But we all know that.”
I don’t think anyone agrees here. In 1991 Carl hit a top speed that is still one of the best split times. What has changed since then? 20 years ago. Buy the book and read it……we have asked for months to do so.