I had this question in my inbox this morning:
One thing that left me curious was the way you organized some of your training(all?)
Energy system work
Do you always prescribe your programs like this? If so, what advantages do you think this gives the athlete?
What about if a soccer(or other sport,during the season) comes to train with you, do you still have him do some form of cardio?This probably depends on how much playing time does he get but i’d like to hear your opinion.
Thanks and keep up the good work
Firstly, I’ll answer absolutely any training related question in this blog and I’ll give you an example of it in practice…I’m not going to talk about what I’ve read or what I’ve researched or what I think people will think is cool…I am only going to talk about what we do. So if you have questions….ask them…if you want me to be specific and or more detailed….ask specific and detailed questions because I am going to make an effort not to just crap on for the sake of it.
You’ll see that a fair bit…especially with the fatties….usually 10 minutes of ‘metabolic work’ then resistance training work. I’ll have them jack their heart rate up and then while they’re still huffing and puffing and sweating buckets do there resistance work…which could be either straight sets or paired antagonistic work. It really tends to have very little impact on the ‘actual’ performance of the strength work…I say ‘actual’ because the ‘perceived’ effort always seems much greater but for all the whinging and moaning they tend to perform almost exactly as well. Then they get back on the bike or rower for their next training block. Logistically it doesn’t hurt either…because as you can see from the photos of the gym…our place isn’t huge and every single piece of equipment pretty much gets used every session so I can pair athletes on similar programs or stagger their training so as one is finishing their warm up or prehab work as another is finishing their first block of conditioning and then slot them together from there.
What I tend to do with athletes is ‘band’ them with regards to body fat. AS for example is putting on lean muscle mass to get his playing weight up and he’ll bulk all the way up to 20% but that’s his ceiling…over that and it’s on the bike or rower he goes for either steady state work or some intervals…as long as he stays under 20% he can just laugh at guys like JM who is training as hard in the gym but is also doing metabolic work on the bike and the rower until he gets down to 20%.
Oh….and I forgot to add…it works…try it…the thing about it is that your elevated heart rate from the conditioning block is kept somewhat elevated during the strength component…you don’t see any athletes doing this who look like their heart rate has returned to normal during the resistance training block…does that make sense….I’m told it is all about getting your heart rate up and burning calories or some nonsense like that…I basically do it just to torture my athletes and because I like watching them work while I walk around drinking chocolate milk and eating whole nut blocks of chocolate.
Does that answer your question?