Mike, I knew I’d piss some people off with that!
Before I state my position, I should reiterate that I am not a sprinter, and have never trained a person to sprint better, nor have I trained with an a accomplished sprinter; so I have to admit some ignorance. Also, I have not read Mr. Francis’ book, as like I said, I don’t concern myself all too deeply with sprinting. I’m sure it is a good read, but I’m in college and I don’t have enough money to justify buying a book that I don’t really need.
I should also say that I respect your work, and that if I were wek, I’d take your word over some internet dude named Mayo. So anything I say in this post is not intended to argue or tell you you’re wrong. God knows you have a lot more experience with this than I do.
HOWEVER, I stated my opinion, and I think it makes sense. So dammit, I’m stickin with it until someone shows me with good logic why I’m wrong, so here goes:
Like I said, it doesn’t sound to me like wek here has the posterior chain strength to do a proper power clean, or snatch or whatever. If there isn’t sufficient strength to do the movement properly, how can a person reap the benefits of the movement? I don’t really see how one can. So right there, olys should be ruled out until the trainee can do them properly.
Further, I don’t really see how explosive weight lifting can directly improve sprinting. I can see it improving the cns’ ability to fire a large amount of motor units immediately, and that will help, but I don’t see it like ‘You want to have explosive legs on the field- you’ve got to train them explosively in the gym.’ Like I said, you can’t bring a knife to a gun fight, and you’re never going to simulate the power production of the glutes and hamstrings at full stride doing cleans. You’re just never going to move the bar that fast, so it’s not going to challenge the motor quality, and it’s not going to provide adequate stimulus to improve. Am I wrong here?
Again, I totally respect your work, and I am not trying to tell you that you are wrong, but I don’t think I’m wrong either. Please inform me where I may be misinterpreting information.
BTW, your article on core training kicked ass. I found the information very useful, so thankyou!