Athletes don’t train that differently than the general population. They are just farther along the progression chain than everyone else. Training is all about sound recovery and progression/regression, whether you are in a senior aquatics class or play for a professional team.
And at the end of an athletes career, many need to be regressed back into a more sustainable exercise program in order to avoid injury or severe deconditioning.
No. Let me be a bit more verbose in my answer. Training to be an athlete is predicated on the foundation of a sound level of fitness, which we all can achieve. An athlete trains beyond that in whatever particular discipline, but being fit is crucial. Whether to be a runner, a skier, a power lifter, a cyclist, the list goes on, the foundation of strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance is the base on which training to be an athlete, a competitive athlete, is built. It takes time, VERY hard work, and the guidance of a skilled coach/trainer. We can all, with dedication, become fit. To become an athlete is a bit beyond.
If you’re a human being and don’t list one of your top goals as “to move better”, then as a professional, it is your responsibility to educate your client. Life without movement is…death. We all have to move. Failure to move results in pain and dysfunction. We would all be satisfied saying that is not healthy. While #1 on many people’s list might be to lose weight, how does one lose weight? By moving. Why do people get hurt often times when initiating an exercise program? Because they are trying to move in ways their body won’t let them. So, the responsible fitness practitioner backs off their program because of the injury. The person gets fed up with the lack of progress and quit. Back to unhealthy again. So, movement is the key to all life, fitness and health.
Just like your client, athlete’s #1 goal should be to move as well. This could be moving faster, farther, higher or stronger. But it is to move.
Athlete = movement = fitness
I don’t know how I can answer you’re question(s) in anything less than a small pamphlet.
Let me start off by saying No, each and every one of your clients have different needs, and goals.
Most people, want to do the following, 1- loose weight 2- feel better 3- and look good. So with that said, your Client does not need all the technical speed work etc. and definitely doesn’t need to be training like an athlete.
However, if your client(s) goal’s are to 1- be competitive at their sport 2- move more efficiently 3- and are willing to work hard, then I would like to say go ahead a try to train them “like an athlete”.
Client goals are what is important. If a client is an athlete and wants to enhance their performance then, train them for such. If a client just want to improve their health or reduce their weight then, train them as such. Some clients wish to train as an athlete but, do not wish to compete. Each client has different goals and to understand them are very important. Many clients change their minds while training. This requires changing their program. I think the most important thing is to keep in touch with your clients and, their goals. they appreciate this more than anything. Brian Rozzi