GAINcast Episode 263: Odds and ends

Competition season is starting up again in many sports. We start this week’s GAINcast off by looking at how to best structure training in the days before a competition and how to learn what works best for your individual athletes. In addition we also talk about pre-meet workouts, psychological preparation, GPS data, single-factor models, and much more.

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Key quotes and topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction.
  • 2:00 – Training in the days before competition: “I divide the competition schedule into developmental -important – crucial. Developmental competitions have specific objectives. Important competitions are rehearsals. Then you put it all together for the crucial.” “One of the key things is finding out competition rhythms that work for your athletes. What number of warmups do they need? What types of warmups? When should the last strength training session be?”
  • 5:00 – Pre-competition workouts.
  • 7:30 – Rethinking game week training structure.
  • 11:30 – Psychological factors in pre-meet planning: “When you’re planning up to the meet, you need to think about that psychological aspect. What type of training makes your athletes feel confident?”
  • 15:45 – Single-factor models: “Know the biology and if you know the biology you’re not gonna get swept up in looking at one isolated measure. “21:00 – GPS and speed: “There’s no substitute for a good electronic timing system to truly measure speed.”
  • 22:30 – Lessons from Bogdan Poprawski.
  • 24:00 – Final thoughts.

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