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Old 01-21-2009, 01:24 PM   #19
Donald Lee
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Power lifts are slow. In fact they are incredibly SLOW compared to competition speeds. As soon as I see professional baseball pitchers practice by throwing a 10 or 20 lb baseball as fast as they can or a champion powerlifter limit ground contact to less than 0.07s when lifting in a competition, I'll stick by my minimalism.
Barry Ross' argument against the use of Olympic lifts does not seem valid to me. Is not intent more important than the actual speed in terms of building explosiveness or in terms of rate of force development?

The only rationale I can see for forgoing Olympic lifts and/or plyometrics is that the strength gained from the "minimalist" approach in the gym translates into explosiveness through the specific sprint training, which eliminates the need for adding Olympic lifts and/or plyometrics.
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