It seems that the readers and myself question The Thinker’s use of questionable shot put tables when the soviet men have one only one gold medal in the shot put when the Americans boycotted Moscow (the only olympics they have one) when we all know explosive 300 pound men tend to find themselves as linemen in Football instead of athletes in the throwing circle. Hammer is a great event but a poor demonstrator of athletic prowess as we all know the Hammer is the least popular of throws in terms of participation among nations in Athletics.
The results of his school in the pro day show no demonstration of superior results in D1 football wondering compared to schools that ranked five placements above or below. With running backs with 29 inch verticals from the Larry Bird Flu, no run under 4.4 electronic, we wonder who to listen to? The pool of coaches that use olympic lifts or The Thinker with no evidence of superior methods but examples of inferior results to the top times ever. His definition of efficiency is acute ability to teach the simpler exercises earlier yet has to do the same protocol later in order to match what one clean can do. The Thinker seems to be the two guys in the total ad above when he is doing additional work to get the same results you can get from one bowl of olympic lifts! Reese Hoffa, an American shot put athlete who does the olympic lifts, ran 4.81 in the 40 at a body mass of 133k and at no point in his career was he running 5.4s as the Thinker’s athlete is prone to do under his expertise without last minute patchwork combine prep. His results were par with what was expected and unless all of his WR are running sub 4.3 then his model of speed is questionable at best. Kenyatta Jones with olympic lifts and a knee injury ran a 4.8 at the RCA dome, not hand time while doing olympic lifts under the Doug Elias program.
The Thinker is correct that no method is superior or obviously essential. That is a fact proven by history and science. What we don’t agree on is the real world results of the benefits of olympic lifts compared to those that don’t. In his defense many options can create an elite sprinter or jumper without olympic lifts but let’s be honest here with those that are not getting world class genetics. The histology of muscle clear shows those that spend time in the static lifts have less type IIb fiber than those that use the weightlifts over years, we can deduce that those not representing the top .01 percent are likely to benefit more. If one compares any of the weightroom lifts employed by The Thinker to a powerclean one can see that the lift has more positives if done right. Getting an athlete there later is not a slower path but an path that invests into more options.