I see many Gyms with conditioning lists filled with general physical preparation.
Kids quickly adapt to the load and advancement soon flatlines. Many of our programs result in maintenance, not improvement.
Nick Ruddock consults with many Gyms around the world. One of the first things he looks at is their conditioning programs.
Avoid ‘fluffy’ programming
Have a structure
Prioritise the Time
Listen to your athlete
Ensure Volume and Frequency is adequate
Don’t neglect the significance of the time
Nick recommends 25-33% of your total training volume to be spent on physical preparation related activities. Bill Sands would say you could spend as little as 30 minutes / day if the program is individualized, correctly targeted and efficiently done.
Christie Aschwanden has a new book that’s getting a lot of attention, especially from coaches of endurance athletes.
The main takeaway for me was improvingquality and quantity of sleep had the best potential for feeling more READY for the next training.
In one study a group of athletes spent 10 hours / night in bed, whether or not they were sleeping the whole time.
She found that many of the commercial products on the market had negligible effects on recovery. Often the placebo had the same result as the supposed recovery aid.
Recovery is very individual. And complicated.
She found that ice baths can “work” in that they make many athletes feel better (later), even if you’re not actually changing anything in the body.
Personally, I find the best strategy for the coach is to do an assessment of readiness to train at the beginning of workout, and adjust the plan based on that assessment. On a GOOD DAY do more. On a BAD DAY do more basics, less impact.
One season I had the girls do one rope climb during the warm-up reporting back to me how it felt. That was a good indicator, I found. We changed the load (e.g. tumbling reps) based on how they were feeling that day.
Christie Aschwanden is an award-winning science journalist.
She was the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight for many years and is a former health columnist for the Washington Post. …
She was a high school state champion in the 1,600-meter run, a national collegiate cycling champion, and an elite cross-country skier with Team Rossignol. She lives and occasionally still races in western Colorado.
My last visit was to a club where only one of the competitive team had anything taped. It has a reputation for keeping girls in Gym through High School.
When I watched training my main feedback was to KEEP doing what they are doing: good basics, safe landings, good handstands.
That said, none of us are the best coach in the world. We should all constantly be evaluating and tweaking our training plans.
Some advice from Dave Tilley:
1. Everyone Taking On More Accountability and Self Awareness
2. Eliminate the Say-Do Gap
3. Pushing Athletes Hard But Intelligently
4. Collaborate, and Give Everyone and Equal Voice in Training Decisions
5. Critique Athlete Behavior, Not The Athlete
6. Don’t Value The Opinion Someone Has of You More Than Your Opinion of Yourself
7. Don’t Be Afraid of Very New, and Very Different, Ideas