How to train a kick: In the last post, we took a look at the physiology behind the kick.  That’s all well and good but it’s pretty much useless unless we can translate that knowledge into something practical. So let’s give that a go based on theory and practical experience.  Here’s my guide to creating…

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Science versus Practice: Evidence Based training A consistent theme of this blog is the battle between the scientific side and the practical side training. As I tried to express in this article on my conflicting passions, the constant tug of war that goes on between the two conflicting sides is something I frequently deal with.…

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It’s time for another rant: First, watch Mike Boyle’s video in which he says Aerobic base training is useless: http://www.functionalstrengthcoach3.com/intervals.html The problem with this guy’s view: VO2max is NOT the measure for aerobic performance or capacity. I’ll post later on why his reasoning for intervals improving VO2max is faulty. I’ve got a whole paper on…

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One of the topics that has generated a large amount of response on this blog has been on the debate over singles versus doubles. I thought I’d share some of the current research that may explain why doubles provide a benefit. Some researchers have suggested that training in a fatigued state may enhance subsequent adaptations.…

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Whether you call it anaerobic training or high intensity training or any other phrase, I’m talking about high lactic interval work. Stuff that makes you feel the burn in the legs and makes you tie up like no other. Recently, there have been some studies, on not endurance trained participants, that have shown that these…

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Below, I’m going to take a look at some recent research done and then look at how that correlates with Moses Mosop’s training (1st at Kenyan XC Champs and 11th at Worlds). Take it Easy: There is a large debate in endurance training circles about easy or “junk” mileage. Does it do anything? How much…

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Neuromuscular and “Speed” work: Having covered both specific work and aerobic work during the competition period, I’ll now move on to probably the most controversial and perhaps confusing part of training for cross country. Depending on the coach you listen to or the program that you follow there could be a very heavy emphasis on…

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As you have hopefully realized by now, I believe in progression throughout the training cycle. There are no abrupt changes. Even when adding in or increasing the emphasis on a particular aspect, there is a gradual transition. This same principle applies when transitioning from the summer base phase into the in season competition phase of…

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