When designing weekly templates for athletes, it can be overwhelming to think about all of the things that they could be doing. Most people want to get stronger, improve mobility, build their engine, and improve their technique — all at once. This is hard to do!

When designing training templates, it’s important to pick clear priorities. But, how much training does someone need to do to maintain traits that they’re not currently prioritizing? And, how much training does someone need to do to improve traits that they are prioritizing?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but, on this episode of the Legion podcast, we give coaches and athletes some keys to understanding how to decide how much training to give people for maintenance vs progression.

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Show Notes:

  • [0:13] How much training is necessary to “maintain” something compared to how much training is needed to “progress” something. And, using “high demand” and “low demand” days to organize weekly training templates.
  • [5:53] Communication with athletes regarding what they need to work on — and how to give them enough of the stuff that they want to do to keep them happy. And, how much work needs to be done to “bring something back”?
  • [11:37] Individuals vary in both baseline ability in a given trait as well as their speed of adaptation to training.
  • [18:35] Athletes will accumulate different amounts of fatigue from different types of training. Some get tired from strength work, some get tired from conditioning work.
  • [26:25] Summaries and take aways for organizing a week’s training priorities.