Originally Posted by Allen Yeh
That brings me to question...unless you are entering a somewhat LD running race is there any really good reason to get a mile time down to something like 5-6 minutes? Or a person that can sprint the heck out of anything under 100m's and do a mile in around 8 minutes/
In most sports it is a series of sprints up and down field + lateral motion rather than a 5K/marathon. So wouldn't trying to keep the use of the larger, stronger fibers for bursts be more optimal for performance?
Oh absolutely IMO. I don't know if it was Kelly's site or the Dos Remidios site but they had a football preseason conditioning program. 3 days per week of HEAVY lifting and 3 days of a boat-load of sprints. Some up to 100m but loads of 10,20 40 etc. SHORT rest periods too. It looked like an ass kicker if one really got in and hustled on the runs. I think a recommendation like the above might be handy if you are fishing for some low level restoration work AND you are trying like crazy to avoid fiber type transition.
It's an interesting balance to keep but one can really enhance that ubber explosive fiber expression via tapering. Loads of hard work...even METcon type CF work mixed with heavy training then, drop the GPP way back and taper the strength/power training. In my practice I will have perhaps one person every 2 years that needs that level of tinkering. Most folks will benefit enormously form a generalist approach.
One can also orient training towards a Power Bias. For example instead of a 400m run in a Helen workout one could perform 10x40m shuttle runs, then the rest of the WO. The acceleration/deceration is likely MUCH more specific to most activities than a hard 400m run.
I could see folks in the military and police really benefititng form a mix of these approaches.