So there are basically two different types of sprinters; explosive runners (Im thinking good starters – Asafa Powell) and, for want of a better word, “floaters” (i.e. less good starters, generally have less muscle – Lemaitre or Christian Malcolm).
Would there be a difference in how you coach these two athletes? Would you different things in the track or gym? Would you focus more on strengths (to keep them strong), or on weaknesses?
Ill start this off with an observation – Ive noticed that the real power athletes can lift much heaver for 1-3reps than they can for 5-10 reps, whereas the other athlete type don’t have such a large difference between the two. I call this power-reserve, and the larger the power reserve, generally the more explosive they are.