The application of weightlifting to sprinting

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Ben Rosenblatt

Weightlifting and its derivatives are commonly used tools to enhance sprint performance. Coaches have placed high importance on the lifts due to their explosiveness and spatial-temporal similarity with sprinting, particularly the triple extension of the hip, knee and ankle joint. Scientists have found that using weightlifting derivatives produces more favourable adaptations to enhance sprint performance than power lifting style training. Nonetheless, debate exists as to whether weightlifting derivatives do actually overload the biomechanical components of sprinting and whether you “need to clean” to be a fast sprinter.

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