Is My Training Functional?
What is functional training?
· Simple. Training that makes sense.
How to Make Your Training Functional (Applicable to Sport)
· The demands of sport require your athlete to move fast and make quick decisions.
o Your lifts/training should compliment those demands in their respective sport.
Soccer players are continuously accelerating/decelerating with quick bursts of speed in various planes of motion. Although, they may attain a total volume of 5-6 miles or running, it is broken down into a series of sprints.
When designing your training with an athlete that has these demands; make this a top priority in your programming. Create circuits that will train the athlete anaerobically with high intensities for short time durations and short rests that will in turn train them aerobically as well. In essence, you have specified the immediate demands of the sport (quick bursts and responding rapidly) and trained them to handle the aerobic demands (running for miles).
If you are new to fitness and sport performance, HIIT style training is a great place to start in learning ways to develop programs to fit the sport demands of your athlete. However, to my experienced sport performance professionals this is simply sprint/interval training, a long trusted art form that appears to be making a major comeback in the development of our athletes.
Remember this, if you train slow, you play slow. It is as simple as that.
Kyle Stevenson, USAW is a national championship high jump coach and the head speed and movement specialist at SWXLLER. If you would like more detailed information on this topic, feel free to email Koach Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.