The importance of training programs

The importance of training programs

The process begins with analysis to determine the specific demands of the sport and the training status of the athlete.

A training session

Well-designed programs are based on the application of sound principles during each step of a process referred to as program design.

The process begins with analysis to determine the specific demands of the sport and the training status of the athlete.

With all these in mind, appropriate exercises are selected and training frequency is established.

The order of exercises is considered next, followed by load assignments and training volume choices based on desired training outcomes.

Deciding on the length of the rest period is the last step leading to the design of a sport-specific resistance training program.

  1. Needs analysis
  2. Exercise selection
  3. Training frequency
  4. Exercise order
  5. Training load and repetition
  6. Volume
  7. Rest periods

I am a firm believer of the process. Athletes who miss out on components of the process fail to impress at the big stage, fail to peak at the right time or end up injured during competition.

A program that misses the process never achieves desired results hence a repeat job.

As Sports take a break due to COVID 19 government directive, we know that there would be a spike in muscle injuries when sport returns.

The math is this:

NOT having sprinted in Months + Sprinting your personal best the first training back

                                    = Goodbye Hamstring

This is not to scare athletes out there, but good advice to get out there a few times a week in preparation for the return of sport.

What you do in the next coming weeks will determine whether or not you will be a part of this spike.

- Mike Shamiah is a retired rugby player. He is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Kenya  Men's Sevens National Rugby Team and KCB Rugby Club. He has also served in this capacity at AFC Leopards and the Kenya Women's National Sevens Rugby Team where he also served as the Head Coach in 2015/16. 

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