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Sprint Versus Endurance Disconnect | Boddicker Performance

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Sprint Versus Endurance Disconnect

by on Feb 19th, 2009

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We’ve all been there.  Track meetings.  You usually have one row of distance guys, a row of throwers in the middle, and the sprinters and jumpers in back.  Once the meeting breaks, sprinters go do sprinter things, throwers go do thrower things, and runners go do runner things.  There seems like almost nobody does similar training.  Why?  Sure, specificity is important, but can athletes of different events not gain a benefit from another group’s training method?  Could throwers improve power in their respective events by doing a bit of sprinting?  Can sprinters improve force production by working with throwing heavy implements (medicine balls)?  Can runners learn to run faster by, well, running faster or jumping?  Absolutely.

I recall a while back there was an interview with Dan Pfaff, who said something to the effect of “every coach can learn from each individual event and apply those methods to the training of his athletes.”  Sure, it’s not necessarily specific to the given event, but general training is what keeps an athlete healthy, lean, and fit.  Move fast, lift heavy, throw far, run long and you’ll beat the guy who just lifts heavy or runs long every time you step on the track.

Have a great afternoon!

Regards,

Carson Boddicker

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