How Do I Balance Skill Sessions, Strength Work, and Conditioning to Create an Effective Training Plan?
Developing Workouts for Combat Athletes Starts with Understanding the Physical Demands of the Sport, Stressors Involved and Learning to Compliment the Technical and Tactical Sessions.
Strength & Conditioning for Combat Sports is Still Relatively New
Many athletes and coaches simply want to grind and work hard everyday, but this can lead to decreased athletic performance, mental and physical fatigue, higher risk for injury, and a short athletic career.
Lots of resources and studies have allowed for increased insight, but how to train, when and how much is still being sorted out. Coaches need to understand the demands of each sport, skill practices and then compliment that with the appropriate dose and intensity in the weight room…not to mention effectively communicating with everyone involved.
It can be a complex landscape that requires careful planning, communication and monitoring to keep them healthy, improve their performance and prepare them for competition A common mistake fighters make with their S&C is following a training program that sacrifices skill development in order to develop strength, power and endurance. Even though their performance in the weight room may improve, the quality of technical skills training and sparring suffers, leading to subpar performance on fight night.
The Strength & Conditioning Handbook for Combat Sports
Inside this ebook you will learn how to:
Here’s What People are Saying About This Book:
Geoffrey is one of the few coaches I see apply a practical application of strength & conditioning and skill development, creating unison of systems. No longer are the days of the strength guy or the conditioning guy!
This e-book is a great starting point for skills coaches, s&c coaches and athletes looking to make sense of a clouded industry. Geoffrey uses original ideas combined with a strong evidence base to create a training blueprint that works in practice no matter what facilities the athlete has access to.
On a personal level (as both an s&c coach and a professional athlete) Geoffrey is one of the coaches I admire highly for his original approach and ethical pursuit of excellence in the industry.
Geoffrey did a great job combining information from strength & conditioning and the skill side of training. Many coaches are simply winging it and unintentionally hurting their athletes careers. This book will help you understand combat sports, the demands of each sport, scheduling, training methods, collaborating with other coaches and more. A must read for any coach or athlete looking to improve their preparation for combat sports.
With this manual Geoffrey has pooled a mix of contemporary science, pragmatism and old school knowledge. This is a great resource for coaches and combat athletes to glean actionable information that will make a real impact on athletes and coach understanding of what constitutes proper S&C for combat athletes. It is presented in a straight forwards manner without too much baffling hard science or unrelatable anecdotes. Geoffrey has outdone himself and I can recommend this to anyone interested in the subject of combat sports performance.
As S&C for combat sports becomes more and more popular I find myself learning from an ever decreasing circle of people.
Where most prioritise sexy marketing, empty promises and an endless list of specific exercises that will apparently transform an athlete, Geoff focuses on the real nuts and bolts of working with combat athletes and the areas you can make a genuine impact.
If you are a novice coach wanting to work with combat athletes, a martial art head coach or an experienced S&C coach, ‘The Strength & Conditioning Handbook for Combat Sports’ is a brilliant resource that offers genuine value for money.
The world of combat sports can be chaotic.