You Down With GPP? Regress to progress with returning athletes!
You Down With GPP?
Regress to progress with returning athletes!
One of the most common questions we receive at CFSC events is.. “Do you go back to baseline progressions when an experienced athlete returns to training following the competitive season?”
Short Answer: YES
Long Answer: When athletes returns following time away from the gym or a competitive season we always tend to go back to basics with programming to work on fundamental qualities and postures. This is what should be at the heart of a General Physical Preparedness training phase.
Just because an athlete is experienced does not mean they are above practicing the basics. In fact what makes most elite athletes elite is their fundamental mastery. Furthermore when it comes to qualities like motor control, mobility and overall fitness our body is always in flux. We are continually changing for better or worse in response to the stressors that we apply. With that in mind it’s best that when an athlete returns to you following a cessation from formal training that you work back through basic competencies to ensure safety and progression.
In our program this means:
🔺Progressing back through basic postures. (Supine – Prone – Quadruped – Tall Kneeling – 1/2 Kneeling – Standing) 🔺Review of basic breathing/postural competency (Zone Of Apposition)
🔺Progressing through basic landing mechanics. (Plyometric Landing Progression)
🔺Re-developing tissue tolerance to sprinting. (Tempo running prior to shuttles & Progressive times sprinting programming)
🔺Basic Strength Training Phase (Eccentrics/ISOs and reduced volume/intensity introductory phase)
Dimitri shown in the video above has just returned from an extended competitive season of both regular baseball and summer baseball. In our first session back we covered the all the fundamental qualities we hope to build off in the coming months. Mastery of these qualities now will provide us a strong foundation to build off through the fall/winter heading as we prepare for his senior year.