Quote from Viking
I don't think he lost size for 88.I believe he actually build a bit every year ,he was a bit different every year,especially from the waist down.
I guess what was found then was that you can train fast twitch fibers with max weights and with medium weights but high speed(what the "westside system" now adopts...).
The medium reps that builded size were dropped more or less because they took more (weight gain and movement quickness loss/restoration need) than they gave (a bit more strength).
It is clear that both him and Beyer had strength and power that could never be judjed by the sheer size of their muscles.It's been quite a debate in many forums that when talking about Beyer's strength ,people expect to see someone like Kazmaier or Coleman.Well,pumped muscles aren't needed for a WR shotputter nor for very heavy weights as at the same time a very slick 125 kilo or so Kurlovich was dominating the SHW weightlifting world and many other superb 110 or so lifters like Zacharevich were getting about as strong.Even lately,Marchokov from Bulgaria (Jaber Saeed Salem) at 120 kilos lifted 210/260.This was the lesson.
Other than that even traditional strength had its limits and many drills were performed for special strength and pretty much training was all day long.Even fine details got better and his body had matured into the form and it was natural to pass 23m and perhaps it would go even further if the crowd and photographers had not stopped the meet for 15 minutes and let him throw more throws without getting cold.
One of the great moments.
published at Feb 27th 2008 6:33am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/