Sprinters are a rare breed. There are success stories that are all over the place. Some guys squat 500-600+. Some guys don’t lift weights. Some focus training on 30m sprints. Some focus on 300m sprints. You’d like to think “ok if I can squat 400 and jump 30” then I can run 10.60" but it just really doesn’t work like that.
I’d be interested to see Gay’s total training program…to see what other stimuli are provided given that he’s not a big weight room guy at all. That’s interesting considering his glutes/hammies looked huge in Osaka…maybe it was the TV distorting things…
But yes there is a clear indication of the weight increase (squats and other primary lifts) from the blantant developement of his quads,glutes and total upper body this year compared to a very skinny Gay in 2005/2006.
Admittedly, the 225 mentioned would simply be a warmup set for many here (myself included), but this is a post a bit further down in the same thread on Tyson’s site:
would just like to ask what have you changed in your training or preparation to achieve what you have done this year compared to the last olympics?
Your new fan
First, thanks for writing to me and expressing the kind words above. Second, I haven’t changed a lot. What I did change in preparation for Osaka was my eating/diet and my time/effort in the weight room. Both helped me be more explosive out the blocks. Thanks again.
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The fact that Tyson was being coached by Jon Drummond (remember, an old HSI guy) the more time in the weight room mentioned by Tyson, and the sizeable increase in muscle mass observed by many, all would be consistent with Drummond bringing John Smith’s weight program with him. If those 225 squats were actually 3X10 @ 55-65% 1RM with short rest, it would make more sense.
Tyson may indeed be able to lift considerably more weight than claimed, but there are many paths to Rome.
but wasn’t john drummond only an observer of training and a
technical teacher of blocks and acceleration?
I belive that all plan was directed by his previous coach.
the kind of squat you speak about (3x10@55%), is a sort of speed-squat?
now what role has john drummond in his preparation?