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Conditioning Needs To Address The Athlete’s Needs

training with cones

Metabolic conditioning can be a tricky quality to develop with athletes.  Too often we look at this as either long, slow distance aerobic training or we look at it as thrashing the athletes for a gut check.  The challenge is that if we don’t put together the program in a way to address the needs of the athlete relative to how he or she experiences the sport then we have done them a disservice. In the February issue of the...

Use High Intensity Interval Training For Basketball Success

Basketball has seen an explosion of the use of sport science over the last five years. It’s not unusual for athletes to be using heart rate monitors and GPS trackers to get a sense of how they move in games, how they react to those movements, and to help drive the designing of strength and conditioning programs. While this works great for professional athletes, the technology is frequently out of reach of most coaches.   Basketball is a challenging sport...

Battle/heavy ropes: Practice and research

heavy rope training

The use of heavy ropes in the conditioning of athletes has become very popular over the last decade. These are long, extra-thick, heavy ropes that are attached to a fixed point. The athlete performs a variety of exercises that are rhythmical in nature and that (in theory) work the majority of the muscles of the body. This makes them an ideal tool for metabolic conditioning, where the program needs to have a defined work to rest interval. In addition to...

Metabolic Conditioning Program Design Thoughts

The previous few posts (http://wp.me/p1XfMm-cV , http://wp.me/p1XfMm-cW , and   http://wp.me/p1XfMm-d7) have had a lot about metabolic conditioning and especially the challenges that we face as coaches.  This post is going to provide some thoughts on how to put together a metabolic conditioning program for an athlete.  When we’re designing this, we need to consider the following: What is the purpose? What is the level of the athlete? What part of the season are we in? Is this in a team...

There’s No Best Tool For Metabolic Conditioning

This is the third installment of a series of posts about metabolic conditioning (see the other posts at http://wp.me/p1XfMm-cV and http://wp.me/p1XfMm-cW). The other posts introduced the concept, discussed the fact that it is a rather general quality in periodization lingo, and discussed the challenges with making it sport-specific. This post is going to take a critical look at some of the tools that are commonly used in metabolic conditioning programs. This post is going to look at the following: •...