Programme Design – The Answer

I got a D in GCSE maths and my brain still melts when I’m faced with a bunch of numbers – but I can do some simple maths and I know that…

3 + 4 = 9


Often S&C coaches want to know ‘THE ANSWER’ – this is partcilularly true when it comes to writing training programmes.

What’s the best way to write a programme? I need to know ‘THE ANSWER’

When an S&C coach asks me what methods I use to improve strength – they want to know ‘THE ANSWER’.

How long should I taper my athlete? – they want to know ‘THE ANSWER’.

What recoery strategy is going to provide the quickest improvement after a game? – they want to know ‘THE ANSWER’.

…and this is the problem – there isn’t a definitive answer to any questions relating to programme design. It’s not black and white – it’s very grey!

You have to understand the fundamental principles and then figure out the most effective strategy yourself, because even with a D in GSCE maths I know that…

3 + 4 = 9

but so does

3 + 3 + 3 = 9

15 – 6 = 9

7 + 2 = 9

3 x 3 = 9

Anyone that tells you there is a definitive answer is telling porky pies – there are many ways to achieve the same outcome. Once you become comfortable with that – you’ll be fine!

Nick GranthamProgramme Design – The Answer

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