There’s a debate online about the merits of Speed Work.
One camp is saying: “So I guess Louie doesn’t know what he is talking about, and the countless Westside All-Time World Record holders wasted their time doing speed work? Riiight…”
Whereas the other camp is saying: “At least Speed Work doesn’t work for the reasons you think it does”.
I’m not saying, “Don’t do it”
I’m not saying, “It doesn’t work period”
I’m not saying, “Westside is useless”
What I AM saying is that I understand physics behind F=ma. But I’m telling you that in all the data I’ve collected, I don’t see the real life force production in highly submaximal weights. That holds true with the straight-weight work and also when using accommodation. I’m sorry if that upsets some folks, but I’m just reporting the numbers.
What is everyone’s thoughts on it? I for one don’t incorporate traditional Speed Days into my training, but I like Jumps, Throws, and other plyo work before the start of my training session; more along the lines of neural activation work than anything else.