Components of Training by Todd Parker, M.A., M.S. – an Excerpt from My Book that will be Published 2018

May 9, 2017



“Components of Training. Every training session should have a the following critical components: a goal or goals, a warm-up (WU), specific range of intensity periods, a distance or time (volume), and a cool-down (CD) or recovery period at the end – with preferably some sport-specific stretching during the rehydrating and refueling period.

First and foremost, every training session should have a goal or set of goals to structure the workout. That’s not to say that we sometimes need unstructured workouts – to benefit the body and mind; however, we’ll touch on that later on. Some examples of workout goals may include – active recovery (yes, recovery should be a common critical goal), improve lactate threshold, improve endurance, burst and sustainable power, speed, leg turnover or stride rate for running and cadence or rpm for cycling, sport-specific form and technique, fueling and hydration – especially during but before and after as well, mental focus, mental strength or what I call “suffering management©”, climbing strength and efficiency, deep diaphragmatic breathing and breathing rhythm, sustainable VO2max, and for swimming (besides many of those above) stroke count, kicking efficiency, bi-lateral breathing, siting, close-proximity training (swimming in a tight space with many others), rotation and glide…etc. This is by no means a conclusive list, but it should guide you and get you focusing on training session goals that improve upon weak areas and reinforce strengths and proper technique.”

Keep your eyes open for my book coming out in 2018.  Thank You for Your Support!  And Please pass it on to your fellow athletes, clubs, teams…etc.

You Can Do This!  Optimal Performance Strategies for the Endurance Athlete: A Comprehensive Guide for Coaches & Athletes in Cycling, Running, and Triathlon By Todd Parker, M.A., M.S

Todd Parker is a World-Renowned Cycling & Triathlon Coach and Influencer within the Endurance Sports & Fitness Industries; consulted by Coaches, Athletes, Governing Bodies, and Sports Supplement, Gear, and Apparel Companies Worldwide. Todd is one of the most sought after Coaches, Trainers, and Authors to train with, test products, and to have guest lecture or author within the United States and Europe. A former Professional Triathlete, Elite Cyclist, Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Exercise Physiologist, Author, Public Speaker, Guest Lecturer, and Professor with a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology & Human Performance. You can reach Todd at: , by appointment only, or at his secure site

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