Saturday, November 10, 2007

A theory for practice

I enjoyed a fantastic Thai lunch today with G-Man and Eric, and naturally the conversation centered on training, racing, and all things fitness. The food was, as always, fantastic. Only rivaled by the company! At some point I proposed a concept to these fine gents that seemed to pique some interest in both, and I would like to share that.

Tuesday was a weight training day for me. I decided to do a back workout, mainly out of progression through muscle groups. Two days later, Thursday, was a swim; my first in a couple of weeks. The plan was to simply swim for 30 minutes, maintain a constant pace and 65%-70% effort, and concentrate on my efficiency and style. What I realized, vividly, was the musculature impact the swimming and weight training had. I was acutely aware of what muscles in my back and triceps I was using, and something occurred to me for training.

During the off-season, or maybe a phase of training where one may want to get back to basics, I think it's highly beneficial to perform weight training on the general muscle groups that you intend to train in performance activities 1-2 days later. Not an intense weight session that will leave you immobile in those areas for days, but one that stresses you and leaves a bit of soreness and fatigue. For example: multiple back exercises (seated row, lat pull down, upright row, etc) prior to swimming, full leg exercises (leg press, leg curl, extensions, and dead lift) prior to running or cycling, etc. If the weight training is balanced, you should experience the precise areas that the performance activity (running, cycling, swimming, tennis, etc) is stressing, and subsequently where your weaknesses may exist. This is mostly a concept for me, personally, and I haven't yet researched if it's practiced by others. I just wanted to pass it along to others that may not practice it and are searching for their weaknesses.

In other news and events: I wish Wes and J-Mom well in their events this weekend. Go tear it up, y'all! And to the veterans, I hope you remember your good friends and good experience this Veteran's Day. We understand each other, and I appreciate each and every one of you warriors!

7 comments:

Marcy said...

You got anything for full body weakness? LMAO! Wait . . .I'm not sure if I want a David answer. I might be regretting I asked the question :P hehehe

Jess said...

I think David, that you should be a personal trainer. You're very knowledgeable about all this business. And seemingly, very organaized about it.

Me? I'm willy-nilly with my workouts and have a hard time focusing on one plan, let alone figuring out a muscle group to focus on two days before a different workout. Blah. See? I need someone like you to make my plan and make me stick to it. Are you available for travel training?

J~mom said...

Oh no, you are really, really try to talk us into the weight training. La la la I can't hear you.

Thanks for the shout out!! That was nice!! You and Mendy rock the blogosphere!

Bob Gentile said...

LOL I am with J~mom la la la ...

ok I do weight training, I have free weights and I bench, dumb bell flys, shoulders, curls, sometimes squats.

I can tell though as I get more into my ultras I will increase my weekly commitments of weights. Obviously not for bulk but to help carry my ass through the last part of the ultra :-)

Good stuff on hitting the weights a bit before a run or swim. Will try it!

sunshine said...

mmm... Thai food...

Okay, I really did read the rest of the post, but mmm... Thai food... :)

I'm a big believer is weight training and, although not recently, see eye-to-eye with your thoughts. Gosh, I really miss training!

Neese said...

I think I follow you....and that's interesting because when I tell my PT that I have a race coming up say on a Saturday and it's Wednesday she really works my legs...and i want to say whoa wait... but figure she knows what she's doing...and come race day I do feel like I'm feeling my legs work through...I think you are on to something!

Mendy said...

I sooooo need to take some of this weight training advice and will, regardless of what you think. I think Jess is onto something. You'd be a great personal trainer because you know what you're talking about AND you have the passion for this stuff that is needed in that field.