The season used to be thought of as a time to back off of training, but as seasons have gotten longer and longer coaches have needed to rethink their approach to in-season training. On this episode of the GAINcast we look at in-season training strategies for team and individuals sports.
Notes and quotes
The episode started out my talking about how we need to change the mindset about in-season training, before diving into specific examples.
- 3:00 – Seizing the opportunity to get better: If you just try to maintain in season, your performance will drop off near the end of the year.
- 5:15 – Examining the competitive schedule and breaking the season into training blocks.
- 7:30 – Individualization and defining players needs
- 9:00 – Squad assessment.
- 11:30 – Microdosing: “Training is cumulative; take 5-8 minutes with a real specific objective it adds up to real progress. “
- 16:00 – Educating athletes: “Get rid of the idea that an extended season is a marathon or a grind; think about opportunities. “
- 18:15 – Balancing long-term vs. short-term needs.
- 24:00 – Examples of creating a win-win situations with in-season training.
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- Check out our latest book Training Talk: Conversations with a Dozen Master Coaches for more in-depth insights on training from some of the world’s top coaches and don’t forget to join HMMR Plus to get full access to our video, article, and podcast archive here on HMMR Media.
- For more on microdosing, listen to Bill Knowles on HMMR Podcast Episode 124. He was also a guest on GAINcast 49. James de Lacey also discussed the topic on HMMR Podcast Episode 168.
- Training on the field of play is key to in-season training, a topic we looked at on GAINcast 111.