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    Re: Pre-meet practice

    Yes, I do this. The idea is to hit a large number of motor units without directly fatiguing the muscles used in sprinting. I will use bench/incline for this purpose and at other times on the next pre-meet day use DB Rows or pull-ups or in some cases pulldowns.

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    Re: Pre-meet practice

    I wonder if after a nice warmup, would doing a set or two or pcleans fire the cns up. Keeping the reps low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hornblower View Post
    does anyone ever do something else to stimulate the cps that doesn't involve using the legs? for instance, that is what charlie liked to use the bench press for. he could get the system firing without causing fatigue in the legs...
    Yes, but Charlie did not do it the day before, rather 3 days out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedster12 View Post
    Yes, but Charlie did not do it the day before, rather 3 days out.
    Doesn't it depend on the level of the athlete how far out you would use weights? Someone who can't lift that much can't stress the system as much, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Slow View Post
    Doesn't it depend on the level of the athlete how far out you would use weights? Someone who can't lift that much can't stress the system as much, correct?
    Yes, along with the entire taper. Most developing athletes do not need the 10 day protocol. In addition, the actual taper should be used sparingly for major meets, and thus by extension nullifies pre-meet cns stim, imo. If you constantly have to do a "special" stimilulation routine, it weekens the effects for future meets that may be more important. Keep in mind, this does contradict some top coaches as I stated in a previous post, however I do believe it is in line with Charlie's thinking as well. I think a nice warm-up used as more of a "shake-out" is optimal the day before a meet during a season.

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    Re: Pre-meet practice

    CF recommended an easy shakeout in the hotel the morning of a meet - I'm assuming the same could be done the day before - pushups/situps/easy stretching-hip rolls etc....

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    Re: Pre-meet practice

    Quote Originally Posted by RB34 View Post
    CF recommended an easy shakeout in the hotel the morning of a meet - I'm assuming the same could be done the day before - pushups/situps/easy stretching-hip rolls etc....
    The morning of the meet is good for afternoon meets and meets u had to travel to. Just to wake the body up. When I used o run at a meet 2 hours away, I would wake up early and do a nice warmup before I hit the road. It makes the race warmup much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer View Post
    For me it all depends on how the whole week is set-up. If the schedule has that particular week of training taking place between meets it changes what I can do with them. For my athletes the best set-up has been sub-max. speed with a low vol. jumps/mb throws (or none if the next comp. is major) and weights two days out and the day before the meet either total rest or just warm-up. Most prefer a w-u but a few others like total rest the day before.

    If they had a meet on Sat. and the next meet starts the following Friday then the pre-meet day becomes very low. vol. of sub-max speed/starts along with a very low volume of mb throws/jumps and maybe an upper body lift only.

    There are various options regarding this topic mentioned in CF's Key Concepts that I found very helpful.

    What are you doing for weights on the best set-up two days out?

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    Re: Pre-meet practice

    i remember being told at some point that a full, dynamic warm-up is good the day before, and if you need to run pr speed to make it past prelims do something like 3x30m as well, but if you'll make finals no problem then do less.

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