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Too strong for the 800m?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 4:24 am    Post subject: Too strong for the 800m? Reply with quote

I am 1.85 tall. 80 kg.
I can do 105 kg bench, 6*120-130 squats.
Am I too heavy?, and should I quit lifting?
My pb 800m: 1.57.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By math, you're 6'1", 176 lb. I don't consider that too heavy for the 800, relative to your weight. The important thing is strength to weight ratio, which would only suffer if you stopped lifting.

If it is still a concern, focus your lifting on low weight, high reps, so as to avoid the bulking tendencies of high weight lifting.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

. . . and if you decide to high--weight lift from time to time focus on proper form and be explosive -- this would aid you in the sprint part of the 800 meters. Remember, however, what Dan has written because a person can keep the very top speed only for 4 to 7 seconds, and can pure sprint only up to nearly 300 meters: anything beyond 500 meters is not a sprint. It may be close to a sprint like the 800 meters, but it is not a sprint.
___Try not to use the sprint form in the 800 meters. Your lower arms must be allowed to swing accross your body, but the elbows should stay square, your knees should be in your sight, but they should not be liftted as high as in the sprints. It is similar to a 400 meters racer trying to relax over the last 80 meters -- he or she usually does not sprint anymore, but runs very fast trying to keep the sprint form with a longer stide.


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