Energy System Training: Train what you see!
It seems everyone is talking about aerobic training vs anaerobic development, high intensity this, low intensity that. Monitoring, GPS etc etc.
What about looking at what occurs in the sport?
Train what you see at the speeds it occurs.
Don’t get bogged down in science and terminology (we’re not rocket scientists you know)
Who the hell cares if it is aerobic work, anaerobic etc etc. In fact everything uses everything any way!
We want to perform at the speed it occurs and then faster from an overload perspective.
I’m not against testing and I’m not making a case against monitoring.
Just more of a case for common sense.
If you accept the build it then learn to endure it philosophy everything becomes simple.
Build it first and then gradually increase the durations it can be performed at the required intensity.
For energy systems start with 5 minutes of quality, then go to 2×5 minutes, then 3x etc etc.
Look at the work:rest intervals and overload them from a work period and a reduced rest length.
Look at the force and velocities and overload them both.
For the outliers in the group, the super (un) athletic build their work capacity using specific means. So gym based movements, field based movements etc etc with a higher frequency, short duration, high quality emphasis. Who cares if this is aerobic or anaerobic. Just build it.
Think speed, agility, skills under fatigue, repeated sprint ability, strength, power etc and the capacity to endure these qualities. Design your programmes using these words rather than aerobic capacity, anaerobic threshold, lactate tolerance, PC system.
As Vern says its much easier to complicate things than simplify them.
This seems like an area that people are taking the easy route not the simple one.
Keep training smart!
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