Don’t let the title fool you. We’re not talking about your favorite pump up tunes. The volume we are referring to is the amount of work you do over the course of a training week.
So what information do you use to measure just how much work you put in? Minutes trained/played? Number of reps or total weight lifted?
Everything you do (or don’t) regarding physical preparation needs to be factored into your build-up to competition. As an example, the following categories are just a few examples of what we factor in when creating training schedules and lifting programs for team environments:
- minutes of engagement - film review, discussion, etc
- time on feet - walking to/from training, standing around during practice
- Work and recovery - amount of time training versus amount of time for recovery (naps, treatments, etc)
- GPS metrics - total meters, high speed meters, contacts, etc
“So when should I be doing the most work?”
Many teams and/or athletes put A LOT of emphasis on running or conditioning early in the season to “get in shape” for the first match. Then, as the season progresses, the amount of running and conditioning work decreases.This can leave some athletes feeling sore and tired at the end of the season. Sometimes individuals go into survival mode, just making it from one week to the next because they experienced the most amount of volume early on in the year.
Our goal, when looking at full competition calendars, is for the athletes to feel fit and fresh going into the second half of the schedule and building into playoff time. One way to do that is to reduce the amount of work (load, sets/reps, etc) programmed in the weight room while progressively increasing the amount of high speed, intense running as the season continues. This avoids the athlete getting ‘shocked’ by a huge amount of volume up front and allows them to build up slowly.
The help of GPS monitoring gives coaches and athletes an accurate read on just how much work is being done over the course of the season. Awesome features, like SPT’s player readiness (pictured below), make it easy to see how intense a session is in relation to a short or long term period.
Not sure about how to schedule your Fall training? Need more than just a weight lifting program? We have only 5 spots remaining for our Kilograms to Kilometers Fall Training Program. Athletes who register will receive:
* 12-week strength training and running/conditioning program
* Weekly check-ins for advice or adjustments on workout routines
* Weekly High Performance Habits to improve training, performance, recovery and mental focus/attitude
* Digital copy of the Athlete Performance Manual
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