Buy a copy of Bompa’s classic text on Periodisation, get out there and plan, plan, plan.
You just can’t coach without first developing a written down, detailed, systematic periodised annual training plan.
There is another way.
First…you must unlearn what you have learnt (Yoda).
Stop for a moment.
Imagine you didn’t know what periodisation was, that you hadn’t gone through some sort of coach education and training program and that you were starting coaching without any background knowledge about coaching athletes.
What is the one thing above all that you would base your coaching and training philosophy on?
To ensure that every training session was designed so that each individual athlete received the perfect stimulus at that moment in time.
And as neither we – nor the athlete knows exactly how they will feel physically and mentally until they arrive at training, why would you spend a lot of time and effort writing detailed periodised plans months in advance????????????
Makes you wonder why we do it………..
What if you didn’t write a detailed annual periodised plan?
What if you based your training on the athlete’s readiness for training after they arrived at the track or pool or gym or field or court?
What if you didn’t write down anything before the workout? What if you only recorded what the athletes actually did?.
What if you started to coach without periodisation?
How can you coach without periodisation?
Again, unlearn what you have learnt.
The critical tool you will need if you are going to coach without periodisation is something which can tell you if the athlete is ready, willing and able to train to their full potential at the session.
This has been the “Holy-Grail” of sports science for the past 30 years: developing a simple, easy to use, reliable, valid, easy to understand test which can be used immediately pre-training and will give the athlete and coach a clear understanding of just how ready the athlete is to train.
A lot of people have come up with a lot of tools, tricks and traps to try and achieve this.
For example, taking morning heart rate (i.e. heart rate when the athlete first wakes up in the morning) has been used since the 1950s in an attempt to determine if an athlete is trained or over-trained.
But it has little relevance to their ability, desire, capacity or intent to actually train to their full potential when they arrive at training at 4 pm that day.
What is needed is something athletes can actually do during warm up which provides clear information to the athlete and coach about what, when, why and how much work to do right now.
And such a thing exists. And it’s free. And it’s simple.
- Coaching without periodisation.…it can be done…and it just might be the biggest leap forward in coaching for 30 years;
- If everyone in the world in your sport is basically following the same planning and periodisation process you do, where’s your edge? Where’s your point of difference? Where’s your advantage?
- The key principle is this: every time we work with an athlete, it is our responsibility to ensure that the training we provide is the optimal stimulus for them – at that moment, at that time and specific to their unique physical and mental status as they exist right now;
- If this is our goal, to provide each individual athlete with the optimal training session at the specific time they are completing it, then planning training sessions days, weeks and months ahead is not only crazy but is bordering on irresponsible;
- There is another way.