Climbing trees has always been fun for me. Even as a kid when my three older brothers and I had a tree fort and played games in the fort, it was adventuresome. It’s the same today. I love to climb trees and I hope that you fall in love with climbing this tree because it is the route to your best fitness. The tree that I want you to climb is The Training Tree. The Training Tree requires just as strong a trunk as one that would withstand the weight of a tree fort and four kids and all of their friends scrambling up it. The Training Tree is a step-by-step, well a branch-by-branch, way of getting to the top of your training, the top of your game, your highest level of fitness.
The Training Tree is a useful tool, a model, a way of planning your training over discrete periods of time called mesocycles. There are six limbs on the Training Tree. Each limb is a new specialty period of training, it is a new cycle of training. The Training Tree allows for the distribution and sequencing of training load. It is a way to spread out and distribute training load and it provides a way to determine when to apply training load and how to sequence it. The Training Tree progressively increases training load in a logical manner, allowing for a regular, daily, stress-recovery cycle that leads to positive adaptation.
THE TRAINING TREE
When you’re ready to assemble all of these parts – your goals, heart rate zones and points, and your exercise time – into a cohesive and integrated program, remember that like snowflakes, flowers, or redwoods, no two training programs are alike. I like to look at my training program as a tree with many branches, each of them lifting me higher, yet remaining there, solid as ever, when I want to pull back on the intensity of my experience and climb down a little.
The training tree starts at the bottom, with its roots. The roots of the tree are information and education, thirsting for the water of learning and nearly as large below the ground as the branches are above. The branches are at different levels and each must be scaled to reach the tree top, which holds your goal. As you start to create your own personalized training tree, always focus on the top limb. That is what drives all of the parts or branches in the training system.
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