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Old 08-30-2011, 02:27 PM   #1
Troy Kerr
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Default Importance of speed or power work in gymnastics

I have read numerous articles from coaches both who work with gymnastics exclusively and college and professional athletes detailing the necessity of speed/ or power work within their strength and conditioning programs. Coach Sommers has mentioned how it is not enough to simply get stronger, but being apply to quickly produce force using methods such as swinging dips. Eric Cressey has mentioned similar methods, however he detailed how to use speed work for movements other than squats and dips. He mentioned attaching a band to a dumbbell and around the body to emphasize a more powerful concentric movement.
So with this being said, is it necessary to apply specific speed work, such as swinging dips and the band resisted pull-ups? Or is apply a tempo to emphasize a fast concentric portion of a movement just as effective?
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