GAINcast Episode 99: Fitness & Endurance Training for Team Sports

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.

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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
Sample training methods

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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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  • 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.