Great conversation guys, sorry i missed this discussion earlier. Joe and I have talked a few times and the subject of specialist has came up. Whats funny is that I've met a few guys who are cscs, some are great in the weight room but dont know jack about speed and agility. Myself being a former Football/track athlete, I was exposed to plenty of SPEED &lifting techniques. Some are very good, some sucked horribly. When I completely RETIRED from competition, I could pay more attention to the studies, the latest and greatest articles etc. granted I admitted I needed help in the weight room aka lifting principles and techniques. It helped me alot because I got smarter and as my buddy at UNC Asheville (track coach) says, my filter became alot better.
So, with all that said, Do I consider myself a speciallist in speed? I guess. Am I a self proclaimed speciallist? I dont think so. My extensive track background lets folks know Ive been there did that. After all, I was on a olympic development travel squad, my coach made the boycotted 1980 olympics not to mention he sent several folks to the olympics. Oh yeah he also consulted the Jamaicans in the 2008 olympics.
Im not trying to toot my own horn cause Im the 1st person to admit I HAD GREAT COACHES/TEACHERS. After all, I must have learned something from all that experience from sprinting at a high level.
With all that said, I have a hard time having someone trying to tell me who never ran track at all and just took a test telling me how to do speed. No offense to folks learning because there are alot of smart guys in this discussion. My thing is stay humble and learn from each other, I learned from Joe some of his stuff and proud to say it.
Keep this going guys