Maybe the coach is telling the truth, maybe he's not, same for the alleged training methods officially "revealed" by other top athletes.Neuro wrote:I heard Stina Nilsson's coach say she hadn't done a single speed run for months
If you train 2-3x per week, that's a great way to train, and a very efficient method to get in a good shape and at the same time, "have a life".Neuro wrote:Normally I treat every run as interval training
2 high-intensity sessions + 1 LSD session per week will probably put an amateur athlete in 95% best possible shape, in moderate amount of time.
Exception would be very long distances (marathon and longer) which require more mileage base.
Chances are you reached your genetically predetermined potential, and any subsequent (marginal) gains will come a the cost of huge amount of work.Neuro wrote:but feel the gains are marginal
When I was competitive rower, we did a lot of strength training. I reached my 1 rep max peak in my early 20s.
Since then, I tried to "improve it" (why, I ask myself now
I tried all kinds of "bleeding edge" strength training methodologies: Super-Slow, Dynamic Effort, Super Sets, Isometric Training etc. etc.
The bad news is that my 1 rep max did not budge - I reached my genetic limit.
The good new is that now, 30 years later, my 1 rep max decreased little.
This is thanks to the fact that I continue to strength train, couple of times/week, every week.
I found that the specific training method is unimportant, as long as I put a good effort in.