There Is No "Off" Season

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The base period is also a good time to enter into a specific strength training routine. Strength training can be highly stressful onrepparttar body therefore excluding certain types of training such as speed work, I performrepparttar 113057 majority of my weight work inrepparttar 113058 base period. I have found my body needs too much time to recover from weight work and it does not react well with higher intensity training performed later inrepparttar 113059 season. This does not mean strength work stops afterrepparttar 113060 base period, but rather evolves into more specific "onrepparttar 113061 bike," and "onrepparttar 113062 run" strength work. Examples are cycling tension intervals and hill running. I do however perform core strength exercises regularly throughoutrepparttar 113063 year. A proper strength training system goes through specific phases such as maximum strength, strength endurance, and power, and is specific to your needs and sport. I highly recommend any endurance athlete interested in strength training to get with a trainer or coach with experience in this area. Each athlete is unique and should have a specific routine.

The base period is followed by a general preparation period and then a more specific race preparation period, so there is no "off" season. If you are an athlete who trains only inrepparttar 113064 race season you have probably noticed your performance has not improved much or may have decreased each year. Instead of building on your past season you are instead trying to get back to your previous level of performance each year. To me each season is a step up toward better performance. A good example of this is older athletes who are still performing well into their 40's, 50's, and 60's. If you look at their training overrepparttar 113065 years you will find one consistency; rarely did they give up any ground.

Matt Russ has coached and trained athletes around the country and internationally. He currently holds licenses by USAT, USATF, and is an Expert level USAC coach. Matt has coached athletes for CTS (Carmichael Training Systems), is an Ultrafit Associate. Visit for more information.

You Are Disciplined to Train, But Do You Have Training Discipline?

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If you are sick, overstressed, or generally feel like you need a day off it is best to take it. Always considerrepparttar quality of your work out. If you are just going throughrepparttar 113056 motions and do not haverepparttar 113057 energy to complete your work outs as prescribed, rest would be more beneficial than additional stress.

It is important to have a written plan. A plan is not a general recommendation but a deliberate course of action. You should be able to see your progression from block to block. The “close enough” attitude is not a good habit to get into. It is better to haverepparttar 113058 satisfaction of completing your work out as prescribed. Try not to make too many adjustments during your work outs. If you do need to change your plan or miss a work out make sure you adjust your other weeks to compensate.

Training discipline means having a good plan and sticking to it. It means training smart, not just hard. If you are confused about your training consult with a licensed coach. Often a one hour consultation can get you onrepparttar 113059 right track.

Matt Russ has coached and trained athletes around the country and internationally. He currently holds licenses by USAT, USATF, and is an Expert level USAC coach. Matt coaches athletes for CTS, is an Ultrafit Associate, and owner of

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