Sport Specific Programming vs. Non-Sport Specific Programming
March 1, 2017
Over the years while training with many different types of athletes, I have seen many different types of programming. While each has a specific purpose, not all were implemented correctly or timely. To be effective and get the most from your training regime, one must understand the reasoning for doing specific movements at specific times. The movements come in the form of sports specific programming and non-sports specific programming. While different, each has its place in an athletes training schedule.
Non-Sports Specific Programming
This type of programming can be used in both the athlete’s discipline (i.e. running) and in strength or gym based fitness. The purpose of this type of programming is to build a well-rounded base and overall athlete. By doing this you maintain durability for a long season of training, mobility, and balance in your symmetry. For example, if I am training a runner with non-specific programming then to train their aerobic base I may work in non impact exercises such as rowing, swimming, biking, etc.
With strength training, I may put them in a heavy strength focus utilizing olympic barbell movements to build strength and durability for the stresses and pounding that their body will take over the coming months.
Sports Specific Programming
Sports specific programming comes in the form of specific (not random) movements geared towards the athlete’s discipline and/or event. For example, this could mean just running in general or it could be very specific, like meeting the demands for a specific race. As with non-specific training, this can be implemented in both the athlete’s disciple and gym based fitness plans. So with this plan, if I am programming for an ultra marathon in the mountains, then I will program plenty of uphill and downhill specific workouts as well as power hiking on steep inc