In recent years, terms like "functional training" or "performance training" have gained some traction in the mainstream fitness world, you've probably heard of them. If you want to cut through the noise and find out how Performance Training can make you a better endurance athlete, read on.
You might have seen elite athletes training with their very own "Performance Coach". Those people usually know their athletes inside out and train with them to eliminate any weaknesses in terms of stability or mobility in their sport. The same can come true for you, to make you a more well-rounded athlete and less prone to injury.
To explain the concept of Performance Training, imagine this situation: You take one step forward. An everyday movement, you've done this a thousand times. No problem at all.
Now do that on a soft mat or on a fallen tree. Can you feel yourself shaking just thinking about it? Can you do the movement easier with your left than with your right? Can you feel one side better than the other? Those are the questions that I as your Performance Trainer will ask for every exercise – this way I can help you ingrain stable movement patterns and an optimum technique in your sport.
Performance Training is a highly individual business and my training plans are tailor-made for each client. The training plan will consider your everyday life, your athletic background and many other factors.
The whole Concept of Performance Training is based on three pillars:
Performance Training will strengthen your whole body and the many small muscles that can just rest and relax if you were training with weight machines in a gym. Another plus is your improved proprioception. With every movement you'll be better able to feel what your body is doing right now and correct it on the spot. This way you can stay strong and proud on the last stretch of your race and look good for the finish photo.
There's loads! I'm a big fan of Perfomance Training (obviously), I use it in my own Triathlon Training Plan, so here's my Top 5 Benefits of Performance Training:
To improve your performance, that is your capabilities in your sport, you need what is best for you in your specific situation. The options include isolated control and strengthening exercises for single muscles to correct imbalances between the right and left side of your body as well as complex exercises incorporating a whole chain of muscles (e.g. for a freestyle arm stroke). This is where my experience with posture and movement correction comes into play. After training with me, you'll feel better and look better, that's a promise!
Stefan Helwig - run faster, swim better!
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