Over the course of the year a lot of people ask me about my own training. Do I do the same things that they do? How often do I train? Am I as hard on myself as I am on them(if only they knew how hard I am on myself!).
This year has been great for acquiring new knowledge and learning the proper application of said knowledge. I really feel that this is a point in my life that I will look back and appreciate the choices I made through out this year, the new places it has brought me, and the new places it will lead me.
Blah, blah, blah, right, enough of that…back on track…training.
A Little Background
Once upon a time I was a football player(I feel like I am confessing to something), I played as a young kid through to University totalling some where between 17-18 seasons. Every fall I tied up my laces and competed week in and week out, never missing a game, never missing a practice, never missing a training session.
After I finished football I focused all of my time on my training, not really knowing what was next, but knowing that I like to lift heavy objects, sweat, and see how far I could take things. I read, I trained, I messed up…trial and error I told myself. I did something new, I trained, I messed up…Oh ok, now I got it. I did the same thing as step one, I trained, I messed up and the cycle continued.
Through out this trial and error I began to train people, got my feet wet so to speak, I dove right in. I wanted to do everything possible to get my clients results, to gain their trust, I stayed up late, read some more, worked hard! Along the way I lost sight, It was almost like I was in a time warp, days turned into months, which turned into years. I lost sight of something that was important to me, something that made me who I was, the WHY of many training programs, competing!
Competing is an outlet for an athlete, a measuring stick, a sign that the time spent in the gym is worth the effort. It signifies the culmination of all the hard work, the celebration after the competition, meeting of new people, new memories and the beginning of a new training cycle.
The problem I was having was that I no longer had a team, with a lot of new found responsibilities, a business, training, payments, wife, etc… I would need to compete in a sport that required only one person, me, and I didn’t know how, it was/is out of my comfort zone.
Still having fun even with all those responsibilities! And yes that’s my wife!
It is a strong belief of mine that everyone should have a plan when it comes to their training, from elite athlete, to general fitness, and even health. Now the plan may get derailed at times, things might change on a moments notice and we must adapt to the circumstances, but THE PLAN is there to help guide us along the way and reel us back in on occasion when needed. As Dan John always says, “if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”.
I still fancy myself an athlete, and like to train like one. Right now I am currently training 5 sessions a week, 3 are CP dominant, and 2 others are Aerobic/HRI Intervals (Alactic Power). In the next week I will be upping the number of training sessions to 7 sessions over the course of 5 days as I respond better when I have a few days off in a row. Over the course of the month they will range from CP, Aerobic Development, Aerobic Power, HRI, and a few Anaerobic Threshold sessions.
Why you ask? I am hoping not to travel as much this year so that I can play some flag football, maybe a little in Montreal on occasion in a friends league or at home in Calgary.
“Best of the worst that weekend!”
Then after the season the plan is to compete in a couple local competitions(to be named at a later date) and travel to a event/competition with my wife as a vacation/adventure later in the year.
Here is a sample from this past week, without giving out all the details:
Main Focus-Squat Development+ABS/Low back
(Rotating between: Wk.1-Heavy, Wk.2-Speed, Wk.3-Reps)
Aerobic Development+HRI(8-12 sec work:60 Recovery x 15-20)
Some Olympic Lifting Skill Work+Upper Body Press/Pull
Some Heavier Oly Work+Lower Body Bend+ABS/Low back
Aerobic Development+HRI(8-12 sec work:60 Recovery x 12-15)
This was meant to be a short blog post about my training schedule, but the more I wrote the more I felt I want to share, kind of funny how that happens. This really does feel like a new start, being away helps clear your mind and refocus on new goals….to new beginnings!
If you have any questions about any of the information above feel free to leave a comment below.