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The JuggLife: Olympics Preview and Mastery


The JuggLife: Olympics Preview and Mastery

Chad and Max reflect on the Juggernaut Weightlifting Camp, discuss Mastery vs Success and preview the Olympics:

Also, check out this great recap of the Juggernaut Weightlifting Camp:


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3 Responses to “The JuggLife: Olympics Preview and Mastery”

August 05, 2016 at 12:56 pm, IWS said:

Hey Chad, always love the podcast, but I’ve got to stick up for Michael Phelps. I think we’re numb to his success in this country, but if you look at the list of medalists in swimming from 2012 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swimming_at_the_2012_Summer_Olympics#Results), you don’t see a lot of people who are successful in different strokes. Yes, people succeed at different distances all the time, but not strokes. The energy systems you use are the same, but the technical parts are so very different that people have to specialize in a single stroke to be successful.

I think swimming may be more like throwing or jumping in athletics than running. Why aren’t shot putters great discus throwers, or long jumpers also great high jumpers at the international level? Why aren’t Decathletes winning medals in the open events? The techniques are too different.

Is Michael Phelps the greatest olympian? Debatable. But as you guys mentioned, if he can win four gold medals in the 200IM, then you have to put him in the same category as Carl Lewis. Moreover, the programs he swam at the 2008 and 2012 olympics have to be considered two of the greatest athletic achievements of our time.


August 05, 2016 at 1:53 pm, Chad Wesley Smith said:

I think the reason that Shot Putters aren’t also Olympic level Discus throwers or Long Jumpers aren’t great Triple or High Jumpers are 1-The technical differences between those are much more pronounced than those differences in swimming strokes. 2-Competing on land subjects the body to much higher forces than in water, so they can’t do as many events.


August 05, 2016 at 2:18 pm, IWS said:

Thanks for the reply. The actual physical contact of running is something, as a swimmer, I hadn’t considered.

Still, I think you discount the difference between stroke techniques. Examining a list of the most successful swimmers (by medal count, for example) shows only three swimmers with medals in different strokes: Spitz, Phelps and Lochte. After that almost all are single stroke specialists. (Matt Biondi had one butterfly medal before dropping that event.)

I know you love strength sports, but give us water babies a little credit!


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