A true WSBB program would be ok for a sprinter if it were used in an off-season where the primary objective was increasing strength. Otherwise, I think it would need some modification. I've been using a weight lifting program that isn't modeled after the WSBB split but follows similar (eastern/soviet-block) principles with a couple of my post-grad athletes for the past 4 mesocycles and have seen unreal results in strength, speed, and power indicators. I credit this more to the total application of the underlying concepts though to the whole training program rather than to just the weight lifting program alone. I hate to do this but I'd rather not discuss the specific details of this setup at the present time (to be fair to my HPC clients).
The need for a ‘dynamic’ session in the gym is highly questionable since sprinters are getting such a high stimulus to RFD from their work on the track.
Infact I contend that ‘Periodisation’ as a concept is an outdated one and certainly should not be applied to the novice and intermediate populations found in track circles. As a friend said: “Periodization is just socialistic nonsense developed to make coaches feel important. Sure, there are some basic ideas in the doctrine that are perfectly valid, like doing more conditioning in the ‘off-season’, tapering for a contest, etc, but the idea every lift has to be planned is utter nonsense and will only serve to stifle and control great athletes from transcending their coach.”
To illustrate, take any athlete and ask them to do two sessions per week. Either a. power clean up to a maximum single or b. squat to a maximum triple
e.g. for a lifter who can squat 100×3 and Power Clean 100
101 – 2 attempts
These simple programs would have a FAR greater impact on an athletes track performance than 95% of programs you guys do. Additionally it will amount to less than an hours weight training per WEEK!