Bogus Claims

“Pound for pound, Olympic weightlifters have a greater level of speed-strength than any other class of athletes in all of sport. This fact was made very clear during a massive scientific expedition carried out on the athletes at the Mexico City Olympics in 1964. Sports scientists found that Olympic lifters were able to both vertical jump higher than any class of athletes (including the high jumpers), and run a 25 yard dash faster than any class of athletes (including the sprinters)”. http://www.drsquat.com/articles/athletesandtheolympiclifts.html

This is a post by Fred Hatfield aka “Dr Squat” First get your facts straight. The Mexico City Olympics was in 1968 not 1964. Second there was no massive scientific study at the Olympics or anywhere that reports this phenomenon. If there was I have never seen it published. I have seen shot putters out vertical jump high jumpers. Not real surprising when you consider the specificity of training. Hell I had a better vertical jump than two Seven high jumper when I was training (my best high jump 5’93/4”) but it took me forever to generate the force. Lets put this argument to bed once and for all. Olympic lifting helps to develop explosive but you must train for your event. Claiming bogus scientific scientific studies proves nothing.


At 4/5/07, 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering why those Olympic lifters in "1964" did not compete in the 100 meters.

Another Guru Wanna-be

At 4/5/07, 3:47 PM, Blogger The Iron Maven said...

Hey Vern,

I don't know what's more scary to see from Fred "Dr. Squat" Hatfield--that commentary, the "Fitness Pro" chick featured on the home page of his website, or the Track & Field Ebook he sells from 5.95 on his website!

Some barbell heads will always be barbell heads. And that's too bad.



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