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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Is Your Training Backwards?


Earlier today I came across this video from Rugby Strength Coach Keir Wenham Flatt, who's influenced my training methods for a few years now about an a-ha moment he had when interviewing US Strength Coach Jay Demayo that I hope to listen to real soon (click on "Jay" to be taken directly to the page).

You can view the 3min video from Keir here.

The focus on this short but valuable video is something Jay touches on in the podcast above, where he talks about how most strength and conditioning coaches and athletes actually have developing optimal work capacity for your sport back to front.

My takeaways were:
  • the best way to increase conditioning is through improving movement, tactical and specific skill technique
  • the less efficient you are the more energy you use for supposed sub-maximal efforts, that can quickly turn into maximal efforts 
  • aim to waste as little energy as possible
  • conditioning is improved without training volume and the wear and tear that comes with it
  • by increasing maximum outputs relative to your footy such as speed, strength and power, during a game your sub-maximal outputs are higher so you're working st a slower % of your maximum so it's a more sustainable effort
  • once all of the above are maximised then you'll need to spend only a fraction of the time on specific footy conditioning
  • training maximum outputs is far more efficient then general conditioning as you can train multiple qualities and gain improvements in all of them. For example increasing sprinting speed over 20 - 30m will automatically improve maximum speed, repeat speed and aerobic power speed (20 - 40secs) where as doing fartlek of 20secs on and 10secs off will simply improve your ability to do that exact workout and even then, results will tail off after 3 - 4 weeks.
Have a few listen to this, take some notes and have a go at seeing how this fits into your footy training plan and let me know how you get on or any questions you have on this.

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