GAINcast Episode 252: On training

On this week’s episode we jump into the trenches and look at some recent training trends, misconceptions, and ideas on planning. We also share some examples of good training we’ve seen first hand this summer.

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Notes and quotes

  • 0:00 – Introduction.
  • 1:45 – The purpose of training: “Physical preparation isn’t what makes you better, it enables you to practice better.”
  • 5:00 – Understanding training: “It’s not the exercise, it’s the movement. It’s not the content, it’s the context.” “Don’t confuse a training method with a training system.”
  • 9:45 – Training and testing.
  • 13:30 – Motor learning: “Why are we so eager to try new things in the weight room, but reluctant on the pitch?”
  • 18:00 – Planning for an athlete’s strengths, including examples from the pole vault.
  • 24:30 – Examples from throwing and swimming.
  • 27:30 – Group dynamics in training.
  • 29:45 – US throws dominance, and thoughts on the javelin.
  • 35:00 – Rhythm and tempo: “Some people hear the music, others feel the music.”

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: