GAINcast Episode 76: Foundation Training

As the saying goes, you cannot build a strong house without a solid foundation. With pre-season training on the horizon for many sports, we take a look at what that foundation should look like, how it is trained, where it fits into the plan, and more.

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Highlights and Quotes

The typical training plan starts off the year by going back to the basics via a GPP phase. This work, intended to build a foundation, is far removed from what the athlete was doing just week earlier at the end of the season. There is a better way to build a foundation, and we discuss our thoughts in detail on this episode.

Planning the Foundation Period
The Logistics of Foundational Training
  • 18:45 – Why you don’t need to start over every year.
  • 20:00 – Understanding the demands of your sport in order to find specific work capacity.
  • 21:45 – Building work capacity through playing your sport.
  • 23:45 – Doing a lot with a little time.
  • 27:45 – Finding time for the foundational period in the modern sporting calendar.

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Further Reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

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  • A related topic to foundational work is physical literacy, a topic we covered on GAINcast 35.