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Creating a Training Strategy

Celebrating successes in sports can only about by using a precise training strategy being monitored by a structured plan. Only an individually-tailored training strategy provides the necessary planning structure. While an adequate training plan in high performance sports is standard, the necessity of such a strategy in the area of amateur, mass and health-related sports are still in its infant stages.

Setting goals is the next step after carrying out a training data record (Training content, frequency, scope, intensity, etc.). Goals must be realistic, challenging and focused, and must determine the training structure. A differentiation must be made between sport-performance and non sport-performance goals. Sport-performance goals include:.

  • Individual performance gains  
  • Attaining a certain sport-performance level
  • Good achievement (placement) at a competition   
  • Developing a personal top form at a specific point in time

Non sport-performance goals include:

  • Training for social components (lifestyle-related)
  • Promoting health conditions
  • Figure-improving aspects (weight loss or muscle building)
  • Sport for daily balance and for stress release (well-being)
  • Preparing for specific undertakings (i.e. cycling tour)

Independent of goal setting, establishing a current condition level is the basis of every training strategy. The current condition assessment serves on the one hand to check health conditions and on the other hand to determine current performance skills. This is generally performed using an exercise EKG, a spiroergometry or a lactate test (on a treadmill or in a field test using a shuttle run). The recorded data form the structure for training management or for checking current training efficiency.