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    Was just curious as to what they do for their muscle..the big guys..I know where the low bf percentage comes from and alot of them take steroids but what does their exercise,set rep scheme look like?i would think just alot of isolation in the 12-15 rep scheme but I don't know

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    Absolutely not.

    High rep isolation work is the opposite if what sprinters do.
    Low rep, explosive movements are the larger focus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbrodrive1211 View Post
    Was just curious as to what they do for their muscle..the big guys..I know where the low bf percentage comes from and alot of them take steroids but what does their exercise,set rep scheme look like?i would think just alot of isolation in the 12-15 rep scheme but I don't know
    nope. they do power movements because their sport requires that fast twitch ability. so things like snatches and box jumps

    power = maximum velocity, not strength
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    Most good sprinters can parallel squat at least 2x their body weight. Its rumored that Ben Johnson was doing triples with 550 lbs leading up to his 1988 gold (now stripped) medal 100m run. A certain level of baseline strength is needed for maximal power development, and from the research I've seen it appears to be for lower body the ability to squat 2x body weight.

    Power is a function of rate of contraction (velocity) and force of contraction (tension)
    Simplified, power = speed x strength

    So, a good strength coach will have sprinters performing maximal effort days and focusing on building strength just as much, if not more in younger athletes, than power.
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    I remember his coach saying he was hitting around 440 on cleans or power cleans (I can't remember which). He said he shut him down because of fear or injury and the strength gains after about 400 weren't translating into speed on the track. How much is true is any bodies guess.
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