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8/15/2010 9:34:25 PM - Brad
The Thinker,

I purchased your lecture dvd on Bioenergetic sequencing in th development of sport form.

I must say it's very informative.

I was wondering if you still use the glute ham raise in the development of knee flexion strength for the hamstrings? I didn't see them on your lecture outline or the dvd.

Thanks and can't wait to get the other dvd's!!

Thanks Brad, I stopped having my athletes perform the GHR a few years ago.

All of our hamstring work is performed via hip extension.

Being as heavily influenced by T&F methods as I am, the hip extension exercises are much more compatible sprint work as well as with the volume of speed work that we do.

Most would be surprised to know that most collegiate programs do not perform true alactic speed work. As a result, most programs are more lactic based in their field training and over volumized in the weight room. While this approach is sorely mistaken, the huge volume of various weight training exercises is more compatible with the lactic field based training because the weight training is typically heavily lactic as well and the lactic nature of the field based training decreases power outputs; thereby preventing the athletes from moving as fast. The slower they move on the field the more leeway they have to get hammered in the weight room.

I will state that the GHR and hamstring curl are more compatible, in my view, with very short range speed work due to the lesser involvement/stress to the hamstrings during the start and very early acceleration. This is why X will have his guys perform the GHR; because their volumes and distances are less than my guys.

The GHR and hamstring curl are great for developing the cross-section of the muscle; however, as the athlete becomes faster and covers longer sprint distances it makes more sense to train the hamstrings via hip extension and be very careful in how this work is dosed because weights follow speed.

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