10 Lessons Learned About Planning
Periodisation, a word that strikes fear into the heart of coaches!
On my 3 Day Accelerated Coach Development Course, I BAN it from the course except it’s usually me that breaks the curse multiple times!
It’s just organising your training.But we search for the right model, the perfect fit. Paralysed by analysis.
So let’s think about organising and planning. Much simpler.
But why plan?
You can pick heavy stuff up and put it down again.
And you can do this 2-3 times per week, every week.
And when you’re tired you can have a rest. Take a day off. Maybe a week off.
If the heavy stuff is heavy enough you’ll gradually be able to lift even heavier stuff.
Isn’t that what it’s about?
Same goes for speed.
You train fast you get fast.
Don’t lose sight of this simplicity in your programming.
The 2 scenarios above are the essence of
Planning your training just means you can short cut the process above and get there quicker (maybe), along with taking into account everything else in the programme (competitions, technical training), and meaning that people don’t burn out when they need to be fresh.
Here’s a few lessons I’ve learned the hard way about
periodising organising your training.
– Planned recovery periods are fine, but you might just miss out on a great opportunity to push forwards. Take advantage of opportunities to train hard when they arise. Better to listen to your body, rest when it’s required.
– When your coaching groups, look at the average person in that group. How are they responding? Don’t look at the guys who find everything easy, or the people who find everything hard. The truth lies in the people in the middle.
– Work backwards, start with the end in mind. A clear vision. We all know this. I wrote more about this HERE.
– If you add something in, you probably should take something out. So what can you take out? Thats the question you need to ask yourself.
– The goal is to get better from every session. Not to get tired. Not to throw up. To learn, train, adapt, and get better. Use that as your judgement of a successful session.
– Don’t look for a right answer in any of this. Stop searching for the book that will map it all out for you. Your situation is unique. Your clients are unique. Your approach is unique. Seek consultation, mentorship from others but put your unique slant on things.
– All training should be done with intent, purpose, and quality. If one of these things are missing the result is compromised. Look back at your programme to see why one of those things is missing. It could be a number of areas.
– You cannot endure a quality you don’t have. Build it first. Strength before strength endurance. Power before power endurance. Speed before speed endurance.
– The best programmes are those that are simple, and can be adhered to. Far better to have someone come back to the next session fresh and raring to go than beaten up and bored. I bet you that person will not be with you for too much longer.
– The best programmes empower people and engage with their beliefs. You can’t do exactly what you want. Balance the need to do with the like to do.
There’s a lot of lessons I’ve learned and a lot Ive still got to learn. Learning is huge for me. As long as that’s going on I’m happy.
What lessons have YOU learned though? Which things on this list resonate with you the most?
Let me know what you think.