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Crazy Stuff! Oly Lifting & Speed


#1

I have basically been olympic lifting all winter and have gained some weight, mostly fat. Anyway, yesterday I decided to do some sprints so my buddy and I went out to the football field and ran about 20 sprints. Usually my friend beats me by about half a second when running the 40, but now I'm beating him. So I told him to clock my forty. I usually run about 6 or 6.2 when I weigh about 280, I weigh about 300 now. So he times me and he says I ran a 5.55. He clocks me again and says I ran a 5.4. Just wanted to post because I think that olympic lifting has drastically improved my speed and quickness. I am now just getting really serious about oly lifting and just wanted to share my experience.


#2

Awesome. I've noticed that I can jump farther since I started developing my deadlift. There's a ditch near my house and I used to have to get a running start to get over it. Now I just bunny hop right across. It's nice to see an extra benefit to all of this mosochism.


#3

That's mAsochism. :wink:


#4

damn...300...

you a big boy.

lol


#5

I'm trying to play college football. If I drop some fat, between 20-30 pounds I'll improve my forty even more. If I can get anywhere near a 5 flat I'll probably get some attention at recruiting camps such as the Nike camps.


#6

Good work. Keep using the same buddy to do the timing and tell him to strive for consistancy with starting and stopping the watch.

I'm sure the OLs had a beneficial impact in your times. It's hard to beat them. Try some interval sprints for losing that 20-30 lbs. 20-40 yd. intervals should be just fine for football. Longer is not necessary. Faster is necessary. See how fast you can flip a tire for 40 yds. That's just for fun, not training.

TNT


#7

If you want to be recruited, you should figure out which colleges you want to play for and look into their individual football camps. A lot of universities use their camps to find potential recruits. Keep your goals realistic though. If you are not DI material, then don't expect to get a DI scholarship.


#8

Great stuff, you've just reminded me to time myself on some sprints to see if O-lifting improves my own times.

I remember I read on a thread here at T-Nation that top level O-lifters, or at least the ones in the lighter weight classes, could keep up with top level sprinters for about 30-40 yards because of their explosiveness before the sprinter's technique and the ability to hold speed takes over, so it's not surprising you have improved your times.

Ben