Champions in the making

How do champions become champions at any level they chose or can get to? Is it basic genetics or can we coaches take anyone and help them achieve their very best and become champions? I certainly believe that with the right coaching guidance and support anyone can improve and make it as far as they want to – you just have to believe for one and then work your ass off to get there – no shortcuts or at least none that are allowed #cleansport #nodoping . But what is hard training and how does anyone support it? There is a myth I truly believe about “over-training” and I am prepared to support my ideas.

1. Doing too much too soon will usually result in injuries and excess fatigue, but that isnt  over-training.

2. Doing too much while “dieting” and I mean not getting the fuel that you need to prepare, train and recover properly to fuel training and life will result in muscle breakdown, fatigue and excess stress hormones, but that isnt over-training.

The human capacity for exercise is probably limitless if allowed enough adaption time, so that’s why we @DaiRobertsGroup use very personal and progressive programs and we always err on the conservative side of increases in volume or intensity to ensure no injuries. 20150916_153627Out of our 40+ athletes right now we have none injured and that includes many #IRONMAN athletes post racing and also racing hard at National and World level even they are not injured but still succeeding as evidenced with podium finishes and top 20 finishes in Omaha for National Triathlon Championships. #USATAG2016

Training right:

But back to over-training and performance on race days. If training remains progressive based on the individuals performance gains month on month and a 4 weekly training cycle is adopted with an EASY week every 4th week then optimal training is achieved. Of course there are outliers who can handle 5-6 weeks without many rest days but these are our top athletes and usually young and very efficient and so able to cope with more and also usually with less life stresses.

Fuel for health and fitness:

Fuel to train is exactly right and restrictive-dieting while training is a sure way to under perform and get injured so eat appropriately and make sure to ingest the nutrients you need for your mind/body not anyone else’s body. Water and micro-nutrients are the true key to healthy training, whether iron, minerals, omega 3 fats, salts(electrolytes) and vitamins and other trace elements. SAM_0947Basing your fueling plan on the right micro-nutrients will ensure a complete diet and also will make sure you get the macro-nutrients needed from carbohydrates, fats and protein. We will discuss this in a future blog about MNF Micro Nutrient Fueling. 

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Ciao for now! Dai


Published by Dai Roberts Triathlon

Health and performance focused professional triathlon and running coach since 2010. Coaching runners since 2001. European AG champion and world championships AG bronze medalist. BEMER specialist and Independent Distributor. Coaching runners and triathletes of all ages from youth to world championships level. I trained under the IRONMAN coaching program alongside the US MASTERS swimming, USA Cycling and USA Track and Field program as well as UK Athletics. Lifelong learning, athlete centered and successful. Retired UK Military after 32 years service.

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