At Sirens and Titan www.sirensandtitansfitness.com we not only look at the long term strategy of the training based on a well-developed evaluation of the athlete, we also spend a lot of time on the tactics of each training session. The long term or grand strategy evaluates the long term objective of the athlete for the off season training and beyond. If someone is not an athlete we like to create seasons for them. This allows them to “peak” at different points in the year and give them psychological breaks from training year round.
Each individual training session is another rung in the fitness ladder. In order to make the next step up in fitness each of these sessions must be developed in a thoughtful manner. At Sirens and Titans we have primary objectives for each training session. The Primary Objective may be lower body strength, power, stability etc. The Primary Objective may be active recovery. The point is that if you do not have a primary objective you may want to look at incorporating this concept into your workout. The Primary Objective of a workout allows our training staff to focus on one area of training that is the most important part of the grand strategy for that day. This will improve performance and move the athlete forward at the most rapid rate possible. The Primary Objective must be dynamic. In other words if the Primary Objective was to obtain an overload in lower body power utilizing plyometric exercises and the athlete was not able to perform at a level that produced the overloads necessary we would change the session and revisit the primary objective after the athlete has had enough recovery time to perform at the appropriate level to attain the output necessary to meet our objective. It also gives you a goal for the specific workout. There are often workouts where you just are not on your game. Having an objective will allow you to focus and eliminate the secondary objectives and cut the workout short while still making progress.
Time is the real enemy of an athlete and non athlete who wants to improve the performance of their body. Establishing Primary Objectives for each workout insures that workouts are not wasted or contributing to overtraining.
Truth in Fitness
Jacques DeVore, CSCS