I actually read a lot and talked with this guy named Daniel Back. He owns a website called Jump Science, and has a degree in some sort of anatomy. He is where I got that idea from.
He backs a lot of his things up with both physics and personal training experience.
He told me to stop lifting, that was when I listened. Every single one of his statements lined up with all of my issues.
I have not squatted heavy in 6 months, only bench pressed a few times a month. My squat dropped massively but it doesn’t really matter, because I wasn’t using ANY of it explosively.
I was a powerlifter basketball wannabe. Literally. I might has well have been the physically weakest person on the court. Lifting gave me a shit ton of mental strength though, and now, my ability stick with something I’m passionate about even at the risk of losing everything is present. I’ll live through it.
Speed training I consider as max sprints and jumps.
There’s a continuum called the speed- strength spectrum. Foot contact and force development happen in the time frame of foot contact.
From 0.0-0.2 seconds is the force window for sprinting. This is the fastest possible movement, but also the hardest to influence with training. Max force development within this window, especially the first 0.1 seconds is what sets people like Usain Bolt apart from guys like me and you.
0.0-0.4 seconds is the time window for max vertical jumps, which is far more able to be influenced by training because the time window is larger so more force can be used.
From 0.4-0.6 seconds is the window for olympic and explosive lifts. I was never properly trained in the clean so I never really wanted to do them, especially without an instructor. Daniel Back said these lifts make you “faster” but aren’t within the window of jumping.
0.7 seconds+ is max force, like squats and shit. My specialty. This is why i was super slow, my body was adapted to lifting heavy and that strength was only usable in a time frame too long to be used on the court. I lifted too heavy and for too long a time.
And I know this is all true because my vertical increased about 6 inches from strength training alone up until a certain point, about 1.6x bodyweight I think. However i trained until 2x bodyweight+. My vertical actually never changed despite extra strength.
I know that we all have different genetic limits, but most people are far from their actual potentials.