Dear Valentin Uzunov,
1. I want to get a copy of your book "specific Strength Training. Practical Manual for Coaches" however i read you have a 2nd Ed coming out. Should i wait for that...will the amendments be that much different? What do you recommend.
We are working on the second edition of “Special Strength Training: Practical Manual for Coach”, we are in the state of translation of the new text and new programs. We are facing the difficulties of the double translation, Russian – Italian – English and also the “translation” of concepts in another mentality. So, it needs more time that we thought at the beginning.
If you know Russian, I suggest you to read my book “Fondamentals of Specal Physical Preparation” that include more ample material than my “Manual for coach”. I am sure you will find in it all the answers to your questions.
If you know Russian and you are interested, let me know.
2. What is your opinion on gymnastics training...? Do you think that gymnastics leg training should be different? How.
I never worked with gymnasts, but I think that the methodological approach of special physical and special strength preparation in this sport discipline must be different from Track&Field and sport games. What are the differences? I think that the elements of the gymnastic competition exercises are the best training means for SST. So, to elaborate a good SST gymnastic program it needs to be a good expert in gymnastic. This could sound obvious, but it’s very important.
Regards the training of child – athletes, I think that their training must be general, not very specific. This is the base rule of sport training.
3. What would you recommend training wise for female gymnasts (ages 10-11yrs old), non elite, train 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Friday), with a relatively weak leg strength base level (due to lack of training).
Your jump program is quite good.
I think that it’s difficult to do something wrong coaching the 10 – 11 years old athletes.
The methods could be exactly opposed to those I suggest for high level athletes, in this case the method must be more complex as possible.
If you want to enforce the legs the athletes could perform the abdominal and upper body exercises during the intervals between jumps sets (this will be like the circuit training) or they could have an active rest as adult athletes - it’s not very important.
If you want to increase power it’s better use more short jump exercises performed with a concrete aim (longer, faster, higher). In this case it’s better to have an active rest between the jump sets.