[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
But is it still better for the athlete looking to build up the all important posterior chain which helps one run faster and jump higher???
obviously powerlifters would have no use for it because it doesn’t carry over to the squat and deadlift[/quote]
this is a good question, would love to see what CT has to say bout this.[/quote]
I wouldn’t categorically state that it “doesn’t carry over to the squat and deadlift”
That would be like stating that Chin Ups don’t carry over to Pull Ups.[/quote]
agreed… just wondern if it is a good enough option for an athlete to use and is it sufficient for strength improvement and building up the posterior chain which seems to be highly important for athletes?[/quote]
For some it would be a sufficient lower body exercise (i.e. it wouldn’t require adding any other main movement). That would be true of individuals with a balanced lower body or even a posterior chain dominance.
If someone is quads dominant, then some work for the hamstrings would be needed. But again, it is rare (if not unheard of) to have one single exercise that provides all of what an athlete needs. The regular deadlift might not provide enough quads stimulation for some… the squat might not give enough posterior chain development for others, etc.
PERSONALLY I prefer to stick to 1 or 2 main lower body strength exercise and bulk up volume and work on neglected muscles using sled work. The legs need a lot of work to grow maximally, but the really effective lower body movements tend to drain the nervous system which decreased your overall capacity to tolerate volume. For that reason I prefer to add more sled/prowler work instead of adding more lifting exercises.
thanks for the reply… i also stick to 1 or 2 main lower body movements for my leg days however i have a question with regards to using TBDL as a main movement. usually when i do convention DL, i do assistance work for the quads (bulgarian SS or Speed skater squats) since the DL works the hams hard. i finish off with a circuit of GHR, reverse hypers heavy KB swings and hip thrusts.
when i do TBDL im not sure if i should focus on a quad or ham dominant assistance exercise since the trap bar doesnt hit the hams as hard as convertional deads would. what would u suggest? in the past after using TBDL as a main movement id use either zercher squats or bulgarian SS as an accesory. thanks for your time.[/quote]
Why not finish off with a small set of Barbell Lunges, forward and reverse or maybe some step-up reverse dumbbell lunges…[/quote]
For what purpose?