Minimum effective dose: buyer beware

I have been reading about and hearing more about determining the minimum effective dose in training. What concerns me is that the emphasis seems to be on minimum. Is this another step toward developing the adapted fragile athlete?

Every good coach that I have known is always seeking the optimum training dose, not too little, not too much. It comes back to having a system and knowing your athletes. It is important to point out again that it is the accumulation of training doses or stimuli that ultimately determine adaptation. Each session must be in context of the whole training plan. In short seek the optimum and don’t be afraid to push your athlete, will never know the limits unless you push the limits.

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