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Conditioning with The Athlete Factory

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Embrace the Discomfort.

I have never liked to say “No pain, no gain.” Granted . . . there are correlations between the two.

Still, it flippantly implies some kind of causal relationship where none exists. I am reasonably confident humans did not evolve a sense of pain merely to alert us that when we are becoming fit and ripped athletes. It would be altogether congenial if true; one could just grind oneself down, magically and unquestionably becoming better at the sport or occupation of choice.  But designing a body to be better at a game remains a non-trivial task.  It takes some thought and direction, some research, and a deliberate approach.  So we consulted experts.

Robin Bauer of The Athlete Factory joined Furious George and Team Canada Open this past weekend to spend hours on our technique, our practice structure, and our raw conditioning.  He provided feedback on everything from our running gait to weightlifting form.  We have opened up our training logs to him, and he has been tremendously helpful in directing our energies toward the goal.  Because, after all, it is easy to exercise (you just go out and do it), but it is quite another matter to train for something in particular.

Many thanks again to Robin for his assistance as our physical trainer.

In this post, we have included some footage of a favourite weekend workout, ubiquitous among ultimate teams: good, old-fashioned, shuttle-run intervals at maximum exertion.  Emphasis: depletion and expansion of the phosphocreatine metabolic system.

Our current model of game strategy requires us to train to play points that consist of brief but frequent outputs in the neighbourhood of 10-20 seconds in work:rest ratios that vary between 1:1 and 1:3.  So the objective in this workout is to train the body to rely on this energy pathway efficiently and repeatably for elite competition.  If the runners look a sluggish to you, cut them some slack — they are getting a little tired.

Alex Davis

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