I have a situation where, due to wrist surgery, I can’t do cleans, the only Olympic lift I know. I have no one at my school who could teach me to snatch, so I pose this question: How detrimental to a sprinter is the exclusion of all Olympic lifts, when most other training principles are included?
I’m doing squats, SLDLs, whatever medicine ball and upper body I can do (primarily lat pulls) and will be doing plyometrics twice a week starting after Thanksgiving.
Well one must wonder then, how are such feats as considerably very large men(oly lifters) who do not sprint nor do plyometrics nor do vertical leap training, excel so well in sprints, vertical leaping, and such to a point where it is at least equal too or surpasses that of the olympians training specifically for those events?
Pointing to genetic freaks like Johnson or Lewis is not a good idea when creating your own program unless you’re an elite athlete like them.
I guess you don’t need to do oly lifts. Develop the strength and then find a way to transfer it as quickly as possible. Whether that’s on the track, or jump squats, or box squats w/ bands & chains, or whatever else.