Recently we experimented with more rest and de-loading in the gym to improve PB’s. As with many athletes, trying to convince someone that less is more can be pretty difficult especially when major trials or competition is coming up. But we have recently made a few changes to the training program and obtained some pretty good results. Being tired and flat towards the end of his 4 week training block was becoming common. This meant the third and fourth week of training were becoming less productive. Getting the program right is what I believe to be the most difficult part of programming and coaching and where art and science come into it.
How to fit all the elements of your training into your program is a never ending balancing act. Athletes never want to leave anything out of their program for fear of missing out on the next big PB. Heavy weights, power training, speed, plyometrics, track speed, what volume, how many days per week, what days to do speed v power, how heavy etc… These questions go on and on. If this is one of your constant battles don’t worry you’re not alone. Im pretty sure that every coach and athlete around the world continuously questions themselves when it comes to getting the programming right.