Training structure and planning

Training plan: monitoring your training intensity

in Training structure and planning

Quantifying the training load of athletes in the ever-faithful training diary has always been of great importance to coaches. But according to Alan Ruddock, without some kind of record of the body’s physiological response to exercise, it’s hard to really assess an athlete’s condition.  Measuring an athlete’s training load through physiological monitoring provides the opportunity... MORE

The test of time – testing and tapering for...

in Training structure and planning

The importance of tapering as part of successful programme design Article at a glance: The importance of acquiring test data for effective cycling training is explained and a number of simple home-based tests are outlined; Advice is given on how to interpret and utilise test data to fine tune cycling training programmes; The importance of... MORE

Interview with periodization coach Tudor Bompa

in Training structure and planning

Periodization from a sport science point of view Tudor Bompa has been called the father of periodization (training planning) and I bet there are very few athletes in the world who don’t owe their successes (even if they don’t realise it) to the former Romanian’s theories in some way or another. Bompa has had his... MORE

Olympic gold medal winners’ training tips

in Training structure and planning

What makes an Olympic champion? An Olympic gold medal is the pinnacle of sporting achievement; they don’t come easy (well, maybe for Usain Bolt, but he is superbly conditioned as well as talented). Any athlete who lowers their head to receive one is the epitome of peak performance. Over the years I have had the... MORE

Don’t be a slave to heart rate training zones!

in Training structure and planning

Heart rate monitors may not be the best way to predict VO2 max and monitor overtraining Article at a glance: Evidence is presented for the suitability or otherwise of using heart rate monitors to predict VO2max, measure exercise intensity, determine training zones and monitor overtraining; The importance of lactate measurement for assessing optimum training intensities... MORE

Cycling training: how to approach multi stage cycling events

in Training structure and planning

The physiological and psychological demands of riding in a cycling tour  Riding the Tour de France places enormous psychological and physiological demands on the participants. In particular, keeping control of emotions can be especially difficult. Andy Lane suggests strategies based around ‘if-then plans’ designed to help manage emotions for all athletes competing in multi-stage races.The... MORE

Pushing the boundaries: how hard is too hard?

in Endurance health and lifestyle, Recovery strategies, Training structure and planning

As previously mentioned in Sports Performance Bulletin articles, it is relatively easy to monitor training loads in the gym, the pool, the track and so on(1). However, it’s much harder to monitor the training stress accumulated through matches, races and team training sessions. It’s even harder (if not impossible) to monitor stresses incurred outside the... MORE

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