“Part-time athlete….part-time results.”  – Charlie Francis

Those who train for sport all wish they could train more than what time and life will allow. However, the best athletes are the one’s that realize what they can actually acomplish without going into negative training.7

At The System we encounter many amateur athletes trying to train like full-time athletes, only to realize that their performance slowly beings to suffer, not to mention the added injury potential this brings.

For every 1/2 hour of high intensity training, the athlete will require 1- 2 (3) hours of regeneration (this is a rough estimate). Therefore, if an athlete trains speed for 1 hour, he/she will require roughly 2 to 6 hours of targeted regeneration to achieve overcompensation (i.e. benefit from the training) before the next training session. 8

Identifying what we at The System call “Your Actual Training Potential” is critical to the planning process. This will ensure that the athlete will minimize any negative after effects from training. What we mean to say is, the coach / athlete must identify other stressors in the athlete’s life, that take away valuble energy (i.e. school, work, family, social commitments etc….),  that could otherwise be utilized for conditioning purposes.  By undertaking this, we can see that even though the coach / athlete has planned a 1 hour of speed training session, by the time the coach / athlete factors in the other stressors in the their life, their actual training potential drops down to 1/2 hour (for example). 6

The diagram below can illustrate quite clearly, what the actual training potential is, once we start to eliminate the other commitments in the the athlete’s life.


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