Was looking at Vern Gambetta’s Bog, FUNCTIONAL PATH TRAINING and it stirred a few thoughts.
How many of you walk into the gym with today’s workout as an end unto itself, looking for that one great workout that will make a difference? If you do then think again, today’s workout must fit in the context of the whole training plan. Think of it as one pixel in a mega pixel picture. For the picture to be clear, in focus and complete it will take all pixels fitting together to create a unified whole. Great performance in competition is set up by consist work in training, not one special workout. Today’s workout is important but remember it is one of many in pursuit of a goal. And like a 56 inch TV, to really get a look at the picture, you need to step back.
Not sure if complexification is a word in the English language but I see it more and more in training especially with young coaches impressed with their own knowledge. It is easy to make things complicated and complex. It takes wisdom and understanding to make things simple and clear. Training to improve performance is a relatively straightforward process. The emphasis here is on process. It takes time for the various training stimuli to adapt to the stress imposed. Simple is not easy, it demands a deep understanding of the demands of the sport and the needs of the athlete. Simplicity yields complexity, not to make it more complex than it already is. Focus on the need to do activities and reap the rewards in competition. Use the KISS method. Keep It Simple, Stupid.