Training tactics will deliver results

Training tactics will deliver results

Every club, coach and player is constantly on the lookout for the ultimate training methods, as they try to get the edge on their opponents.

Training is hugely important, which is why football players are punished if they step out of line. Take, for example, Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney, who got into trouble with his manager over Christmas. His lacklustre performance following a night out saw him dropped from the team and fined.

On the blue side of Manchester, City boss Roberto Mancini believes players need to be reminded that they have to work hard to achieve success. All players are the same, he says. “They all want to play, they all want to win and all don’t want to work hard. I played for 20 years and I was the same.”

Mancini’s training methods have ruffled a few feathers by going against the Premier League norm and having two training sessions in the same day.

He also doesn’t like his players getting used to set training times so they only receive a text the night before to tell them what time training is on at the next day and what kind they’ll be doing.

The short notice appears to be working for Mancini but he has the carrot of docking a player thousands of pounds each week if they don’t comply with his methods.

As a coach, I’m a big believer in getting clients to develop consistent habits. Training at the same time each day and the same days each week means that you will schedule the time to train. If Roberto Mancini applied his training philosophy of texting to the workforce of Ireland, he would learn a harsh lesson! He would be left all alone.

Companies and business owners recognise this and they give their staff set days, set times to start work because they know if it was not structured, nothing would get done.

The Dublin GAA team started a new trend last year with twice-a-day training including an early morning sessions at 6am, which raised sighs of disbelief in other footballing and hurling counties.

Training twice a day brings the team closer together, partly because they are spending more time together, but also due to the collective common sacrifice of time and effort to achieve a common goal.

The fact that the Dubs lifted the Sam Maguire in September after 16 years waiting suggests the end justified the means.

The reality is that a lot of GAA players are behind the curve in training methods compared to sports like rugby. The ban on team training until January doesn’t help either as many teams then have to play catch-up.

But what about other sports? There is a huge misconception that GAA players are the most dedicated amateur sportsmen in the country but many amateur swimmers, cyclists, body-builders, boxers and runners would put our footballers and hurlers to shame.

Our gym opens at 6am and the first group exercise class starts at 6.30am. The people training include businessmen and businesswomen aged between 35-50 and young mothers who get their training done before the children go to school.

These people prioritise themselves and their health, as that is when they have more control over their time, which in turn ensures that they make time for themselves and their health first. It is their daily routine.

The best time to train as a novice is any time, but for some people certain times, like between 4pm and 8pm, may be best to increase your metabolic rate. For many the late afternoon workout may not only work off more calories but may decrease their hunger at suppertime and later in the evening (the most difficult time for dieters).

If you choose to train twice a day, the optimal times are three hours after you wake up, which is generally better for developing strength, and 11 hours after you wake up, for a better hormonal response.

But there is the optimum and the reality. Whatever time you train, your body will adjust its cycle to fit your pattern, providing you are consistent and train at the same time.

The key is that every training session and every exercise must be designed with a purpose in mind to make continual progress.

Many athletes dream of success on the pitch or of changing their body composition in the gym. Whatever your ambitions are, you can stay in bed dreaming about them or you can get up early, like the Dubs and many more, and actually make improvements.

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