Although Masters athletes are usually defined as over 40 years, some athletes need to change their approach to training for non-age related reasons. Typical indicators:
- Training time availability is reduced with work and family commitments.
- You feel sleep-deprived from daily stresses.
- Your body has different needs in terms of recovery, strength and flexibility training.
- Re-current injuries.
- Feeling constantly fatigued or overwhelmed by your regular training.
To promote improvement, Phil's training plans (Standard and Masters) adhere to the principle of "Progressive Overload", the gradual increase of stress placed upon the body over time during training.
Plans are Periodised to gradually ramp up your endurance, fitness, speed and skills. Masters plans include shorter, more intense workouts so free up valuable time for recovery and work/family commitments - they optimise your training time with the right ratio of volume and intensity relevant to each plan.
Masters plans also have more rest days each week (typically 2 days per week) and a 1:2 ratio of active recovery weeks to hard weeks (this is 1:3 in Standard plans).
Choosing to train intelligently and specifically for your own needs is the first step to maximising your potential. Training consistently without missing workouts due to injury, fatigue or time limitations will give you a big advantage on the start line.
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