Adaptation is the basis of training; we want to adapt to a high level. But the body is not a simple organism and adaptation is not a simple formula. On this episode of the podcast we talk about some of the key factors to consider with adaptation and how that impacts coaching.
Notes and Quotes
Our theme on HMMR Media this month has been adaptation, and this episode helps cap off a month of great resources on the topic.
The basics of adaptation
- 3:30 – Adaptation defined: “Adaptation is about how your body responds to stress. “
- 5:15 – Basic questions to ask: What are we adapting to? What are we adapting for? Do you even want an adaptation?
- 8:45 – Finding the stimulus threshold. “The stimulus threshold is the point at which the stress is enough to elicit and adaptive response. It’s a moving target. “
- 13:00 – The individual nature of adaptation and the law of reversibility. “Different physical qualities adapt at different rates for different athletes. “
The factors of adaptation
- 19:45 – The complexity of adaptation. “Some things you can influence, some things you can’t, but understanding them helps prepare you as a coach. “
- 21:30 – John Kiely’s six factors of adaptation.
- 33:00 – The role of time in adaptation.
- 34:30 – Putting adaptation research in context and the differences between male and female adaptation.
- 36:15 – A fixed mindset and adaptation do not go together.
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- Additional resources on this topic in November include our webinar with John Kiely on stress and adaptation, a look at peaking and periodization, the biology of adaptation, and how we might need to plan less.