[quote author="davan" date="1262640180"]Once again if you would read what I say, there is no relation on their own. Within the context of a complete program, there may be indications of improvements in sprint speed because of some other factor, but that would only be really an indicator because of everything else that is already being done within such a program and would be specific to both the athlete and the program and likely have minimal crossover to other athletes. Reading comprehension is key.
I understand very well what you are saying. Maybe better question would be wich is the most specific lift for sprinting? I guess many would say squat, others split squat or one leg squat, maybe power clean, deadlift. For example I would choose deadlift if no problems with a back b/c it involves all major muscle groups at once. It’s great that you can drop a bar as well if you need to. I know you call Barry a clown, but he is not Davan. Don’t you believe that you could sprint at same level or even faster using deadlift as a major lift without any additional lifts? I know it’s hard to believe nor I want you to believe, just saying[/quote]
Deadlift is more back than it is glutes/hamstrings/quads/gastroc, all of which are more important as prime movers than the deadlifts he recommends. Look at the images of his athletes and others–all are overutilizing lower back. He also recommends having no eccentric portion of the lift, which is another massive negative if you want to use the deadlift to train for sports (if you drop it, it is necessary to then add other movements to train this aspect, yet he does not do this).
Barry is a clown. I’ll stick by it. I tried his program, I ran over half a second slower than I did off of just doing meets (100/200/4×100/4×400 2-3x a week) and treadmill walks in between meets. I’ve had massive improvements in the last 12-18 months in my sprinting with a strength program only utilizing RDL variations @ low loads for deadlifts (along with clean/snatch variations and lunge variations). Classical deadlifts, especially as he promotes them, have not been a part of my program. That isn’t anything against deadlifts, but to say they are the most specific or best would be not only a lie, but dangerous for people who may actually believe it.