Our recent series of GAINcasts looked at different aspects of training for endurance athletes. But what about training for fitness and endurance as a competent of other sports like for team sports like soccer or even individual sports like tennis? On this episode of the GAINcast we discuss the factors to consider when training fitness training for team sports and walk through several sample training methods.
Notes and Quotes
Vern has a long history of training team sports from soccer and basketball to hockey and football. He also has coached many endurance athletes in track and field and swimming. On this episode he draws from his experience in the two areas to discuss how endurance training needs to be adapted for team sports and what methods have proven very effective.
Factors to consider in fitness training
- 3:45 – Categorizing sports: sprint sports, intermittent sprint sports, transition sports, continuous sports. How do you balance the skill, speed, and power demands with the fitness demands of the sport?
- 8:15 – Work capacity: are you fit enough so that you can recover from the training and get the most out of the training and improve at the game.
- 10:15 – Building an aerobic base: “The risk-return ratio to slow aerobic work isn’t always very good. Fitness doesn’t have to be done in slow continuous work; sometimes you have to look elsewhere. “
- 12:45 – Testing fitness: “What fitness tests you choose send a message to the athletes about how to prepare for the game no matter what type of training you prescribe. “
- 16:30 – Different types of fatigue.
- 17:45 – Individual differences in fitness training: “Not everyone has to do the exact same volume of fitness work. “
Sample training methods
- 21:00 – Methodologies to achieve fitness and different type of aerobic interval work.
- 24:15 – Example of 1st offseason workout: Veranique Billat’s 30-30.
- 27:30 – Example of 2nd offseason workout: 100s.
- 29:15 – Fartleks for team sports and training technique under fatigue.
- 31:00 – Transitioning from offseason to inseason training with bursts.
- 32:00 – Increasing demand runs.
- 33:00 – In-season training and training fitness in tactical sessions.
- 36:30 – Motivating athletes. “Excite the player about getting better at their sport; mental toughness is the athlete who can understand what the effort is and apply it. “
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- This podcast continues our series on endurance and fitness. You can also listen to GAINcast 91 on endurance methods and concepts, GAINcast 92 on athletic development for endurance athletes, and GAINcast 95 on endurance planning.
- Finding the right balance of fitness with other components of training comes down to knowing the demands of your sport. Listen to GAINcast 17 for a discussion of how to analyze the demands of a sport.
- For another perspective on this topic, you can listen to Episode 60 of the On Coaching podcast with Steve Magness and Jonathan Marcus.