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This interview was held on March 2009.
A couple of interesting points.
John Smith’s HSI group does their weight training at 9am, followed by the track work at 11am. By no means are the weights at maximal levels. Same with Jeremy’s weight workouts. They are primarily used as a stimulus, in my opinion.
Also, note his 1 x 450m workout in 50 or 51 seconds late in the season. That equates to 44.4 – 45.3 seconds for a 400 meters.
Q. Do other athletes train differently?
Jeremy Wariner: Oh yeah I mean it all depends on the coach, every coach has a different philosophy I think quarter mile wise we’re like pretty much the only ones that do the workouts that we do the way we do them. Some people take some of our workouts and of course I mean coaches look at other people’s workouts and they might take something from there, tweak it a little bit to their own agenda to what they feel like they need to work on so like I said every coach is different so it all depends on your coach’s philosophy for what you do.
Q. Are there days when you really don’t want to do it?
Jeremy Wariner: Pretty much every day is when I’m like that, I know it’s good for me to do the workouts but at the same time I want my rest so it is worse when I have weights in the morning, sometimes I’ll lift about 8 or 9 o’clock in the morning and then work out probably about an hour later so those days are the ones I dread the most because I’m up real early and I don’t go to sleep until real late about 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning sometimes so my energy level’s not always there.
Q. Describe a typical day…
Jeremy Wariner: Well I can give you a typical Wednesday, I mean we’ll have weights about 9 o’clock in the morning so I’ll get up about 8:30 and get dressed, drive to practice it takes me about 15 minutes to get to practice. So I get there, lift, our weight workouts probably consists about 24-30 minutes depending on where we’re at in our season and what all he has us doing so that’s a real quick workout, to get the blood flowing really and then for about an hour I’ll sit in the coach’s office and me and my training partner will just talk about whatever happened the night before or whatever sports was on and then we’ll drive to the track, warm up, stretch and do our workout and about an hour later we’re done and then the rest of the day I’m at home watching TV and taking naps, that’s my typical day every day.
Q. How does that change when you’re building up to a major competition?
Jeremy Wariner: Definitely I mean like the week of the workout usually what we’ll do we cut down our reps and we do faster speeds so on over distance day say we’re doing 2 x 500s at the week before the next week we’ll just do 1 x 450 at a faster pace probably around 50, 51 and then that’s pretty much it for that day so I mean the closer we are to the meet the less work we do just a lot quicker and then of course the further we are into the season the faster our times already are anyway