Episode 212- Dana Agar-Newman- The Powers of Variability in Training

“The more complex you make it, the harder it is to see what’s going on.”

“If you can minimize the number of variables in your training program it’s easier to see what’s working and what’s not working.”

“We need some from of measurement to hold ourselves accountable, but also to evaluate our programs. Are they effective? Are we screwing up? Its easy to write a program full of fancy exercises to an athlete and the athlete enjoys it and we all assume that they improve.”

“Just because you can do something don’t necessarily do it, because you might need it in an Olympic year. If you’ve used all your bells and whistles and your tools in your tool belt and that athlete starts to plateau in that Olympic year, well, what do you do next?”

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Today we are joined by Dana Agar-Newman to discuss the role of variability in training athletes. After a brief intro Dana jumps right into what drove him to look more at what the role of variability is in training, including where it could be leading to more harm then good. This includes how they evaluated these athletes to make sure their was consistent progress. This includes how he has transferred this philosophy to divers, and how it will impact their taper to build confidence. He then discusses the gas pedal and break that their weekly testing was and how this kept them on task as they progress their training. He then shares with us his thoughts on holding back some “tools” to make sure you have the ability to improve later as well. We finish off discussing where the idea of “four week blocks” came from, and why the idea of long term planning may not be the best way to go. 

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