When you have goals you have to prioritize. If you do not put on a priority on what you what you want to accomplish then you will end up spinning your wheels like the vast majority of the dreamers.
When you want to get bigger, you focus on gaining mass. You do not put your focus on playing basketball every night after you lift.
When you want to get stronger, you focus on moving heavier weights. You do not put your focus on performing bodyweight conditioning workouts after each lifting session.
When you want to get faster, should you focus on lifting? NO!
Far too many training programs put the emphasis of training on lifting weights. Before lifting became more common in the track game, there were men who could run low 10’s and high 9’s (Bob Hayes, Jim Hines).
This proves that speed has to be the priority when you are looking to get faster. While lifting will lead athletes to build great strength and muscle mass, without proper speed training you will not maximize your speed.
When I first got back into the track game in 2015, I could perform the barbell hip thrust with 669.5 lbs for 1 rep. I could also deadlift 470lbs for 1 rep. I was easily the strongest man on the track but I got smoked in my race and finished with an 11.91.
2016 had an even worse start. I still had one foot in the natural bodybuilding door and it showed in the first meet of the summer season when I had a speed rating of SPD 62.
I opened the season with a horrendous 12.64 in the 100m and a 25.03 in the 200m. It was at this point I decided to stop competing and training for bodybuilding and go 100 percent back into the track game. No one can serve two masters.
I spent the rest of that season and the next putting more of a priority on speed and less of a priority on lifting. In the 100/200 meters, I was able to run 11.74/24.18 in July 2016.
In 2017 I went sub 12 seconds four times recording times of 11.77, 11.68, 11.65, and ultimately 11.57 in the 100 meters. In the 200 meters, I went sub 24 seconds three times recording times of 23.78, 23.85, and 23.90. All of this occurred at the age of 33.
Lifting is important to the development of the sprinter, but lifting is not the primary way to increase the speed of a sprinter.
If you want to truly develop your speed, it all starts on the track. Find out what one of the top 5 ways to sprint faster in track is in the video above.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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