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    angry is offline Senior Member
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    Default PTP: awesome book and a Q

    Comrades,

    Reading PTP, this is the Bible! I have a question on frequency I was wondering if you could help me with:

    Pavel talks about frequent and brief sessions of heavy lifting; that 2 weight sessions or less wont result in great gains.

    I'm a sprinter and in the past have never lifted more than twice a week on sundays and wednesdays. This explains why progress in the gym is as slow as it has been the last 18 months

    Now, my question is should i lift heavy (and briefly) 4 or 5 days a week, no more than a day off between sessions, on top of my sprinting sessions?

    Note a couple of things:
    1) i do 4 running sessions a week
    2) i have read that John Smith, coach of Maurice Greene, Ato Boldon, John Drummond, has his athletes actually lift right before they hit the track eg. a few heavy reps of snatches or squats then warm up and into say 5x150m
    (the light bulb goes on!) although Boldon says on his website that he will never reveal why he does this as what they do in the gym is their secret weapon (which I now know)

    I realise that in itself answers the question, but I'm after the Party's opinion on this one.

    Thanks in advance!!!

    Ryan

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    Steve Freides is offline Senior Member
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    Default You need to read "Explosive Running" by Dr. Michael Yessis if you haven't already

    and roll what Yessis says in with what Pavel says and your own experiences to come up with a strategy that works for you.

    It's like this - there is general strength lifting and there is running-specific lifting and you've got to find how much of each works best for you. Heavy deadlifts before sprinting doesn't sound right to me but there are some kinds of lifts you can do before your track sessions that will help them and Yessis goes into a lot of detail on these.

    Hope that's of some help. I'm not an expert in this area but am a avid amateur 5k runner who's interested, so if there's anything else I can talk over with you, give a yell this way.

    -S-

    www.kbnj.com

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    angry is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: You need to read "Explosive Running" by Dr. Michael Yessis if you haven't already

    Will make sure to read that one.....thanks for your help, will post my progress

    Ryan

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    Pavel Tsatsouline Guest

    Default Com. Ryan, welcome to the Party and thank you for your kind words! n/m

    Com. Ryan, welcome to the Party and thank you for your kind words! n/m

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