Friday, January 7, 2011

Give the Jerk a Chance

I finally put my finger on it. The type of phsyique I most admire is that of sprinters. What's not to love about a sprinter's physique? They're lean, compact, strong, muscular and, of course, FAST!

Now, being that my track experience at this point in my life is limited to driving by one at the local high school, I decided to do some research to find out just how these men and women achieve these amazing bodies.

In addition to literally running their asses off in sprint training, hill training, and the like, it turns out that sprinters do a lot of strength training.

There is a lot of information out there on this topic, but it all pretty much points to one thing - compound lifting. Clean and Press, Clean and Jerk, Hang Press, Push Press...all of these exercises work your legs and core - giving you power, strength and stability.

Sprinters have huge, muscular legs and a high power-to-bodyweight ratio and very low bodyfat. Sounds ideal, right? Just because the closest thing I'll get to sprinting is chasing my dog doesn't mean I can't achieve the look of a sprinter. So, today when I get to the gym, I'm going to give the jerk a chance.

I'll let you know how it goes.

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