I reviewed Jim Hiserman’s book Program Design Method for Sprints & Hurdle Training back in April 2009. You can read the review here. He has published a new book called Strength and Power for Maximum Speed which is now sold exclusively on the new Speedendurance Store.
I enjoy reading Coach Hiserman’s books because it’s written for both beginners and experts. All the references are detailed throughout the book should you wish to further study a particular area.
I think we all agree on how a body builder weight trains for maximal hypertrophy.
However, strength training for sprinting has been a topic of controversy as there are so many factors in creating a well designed program. Furthermore, strength training can be broken down into several areas such as max strength, explosive elastic, and reactive strength.
How much volume do you do? What angles? What intensities? What about CNS recovery? General strength and core are also covered. This book covers each area in detail.
Moreover, should you do strength training during certain parts of the year, including the competition phase? We’ve heard the myth of Ben Johnson max bench pressing prior to the Seoul 100m finals. As you know, there were no weights in the control area inside the stadium, so that story isn’t true.
Perdita Felicien, the 2001 World 100 Hurdles Champion, did her last strength workout 2 days prior to the first round, and the book will give its justification on why strength training is important throughout the year.
The book also critiques current Elite Strength training plans, but you really shouldn’t be copying Usain Bolt’s or Asafa Powell’s workout anyways.
If you enjoyed his first book, you’ll certainly enjoy his new book.