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  Im a high school senior. This season has been plagued with weirdness. This year i decided to hit the weightroom hard to drop my times. I started to do a lot of incline sitted leg presses and then increased my deadlift by over 50 pounds. I then stopped lifting so i could sprint more at practice and lose weight. However something weird started happening. At first i felt a lot faster and more powerful but later i started entering meets and my legs would feel weaker and more relaxed and even more in practice. I thought this was a lack of training problem so i tried to work past the weak feeling. However my times stayed almost. .5 seconds slower than the previous year in just the 60m. Long story short i decided it was the weight training that i need so i started using resistance bands for my hamstrings which helped but i felt put me at risk. For injury and it wasn't all the power back. So i started running again harder and over the last week my muscles aren't running well without the bands a day before and even hills and bleachers arent too effective. I am worried to use the bands because of soreness and depending on them is something weird. Well the severity increase as of last week where i didn't use the band and as i ran my legs would gradually go dead on me forcing me to run the last 100m of a 400 in 17 seconds without being tired oxygen wise. My block work is ok in the 100 but i can't get to top speed and Im. 7 seconds slower than the year before in the 100m. Can you give me advice on what to do.

Sounds like you've got a fairly involved situation here. I'd hire a certified personal trainer in your area to help you specifically deal with your issues. I can't give you accurate advice over the internet for the finer details of your request.

One thing I will say regarding your weight training, you shouldn't stop a program abruptly. Most people go on a maintenance level during season to maintain the muscle they put on during the off season. I would suggest discussing that with your trainer. So form of weight training can be of benefit for athletes over the age of 16-17 years of age. Start with a trainer for a few sessions Paul. I'm sure you'll make some headway.

good luck,


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Byron Collyer


I can help athletes and or coaches with javelin training and technique, core training, shot put training, functional fitness, explosiveness and injury prevention.


I'm an X-National Level Javelin Thrower and provicial level decathlete and am employed as a Private Sector Certified Personal Trainer with a degree in Human Kinetics and I'm a Certified High Performance Core Specialist. I've trained numerous clients and athletes regarding sports conditioning and have trained many track and field athletes especially javelin throwers with great success over the past 10 years.

Bachelor of Science Human Kinetics (UBC). National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT). C.H.E.K. Certified High Performance Core Specialist. Extensive Biomechanics & Movement Analysis knowledge. Past Experience as a Certified Sports Aider.

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