Continuing the topic of Shifting Paradigms, and returning to my pet subject, Practice, I recently read a blog post (and the linked article) about an college American football team touching on how they practice. This is a general topic that I’ve heard of often before, that the best conditioning is to practice at a faster pace than you would play. As a sport, volleyball was a pioneer of this principle. What is a wash drill if not volleyball specific interval training? But still I have questions about what I ‘do’ for the ‘aerobic base’. Oddly the answer ‘there is no aerobic base, only volleyball conditioning’ gets very quizzical looks. I once put heart rate monitors on players playing 1 v 1 and discovered that a five minute game produced heart rates of 170+ BPM. That seems like a pretty good training level, although even with this ‘proof” that coach still did sprint interval training as conditioning but I digress… I’ve also done some basic studies on a simple 1+1 wash drill that showed roughly the same number of jumps (a pretty good guide to intensity) in one hour of training as in a two hour, five set match.
Train faster. Scientific theory will eventually catch up.