Training structure and planning

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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