Make no mistake about it, if I am physically training hard enough and/or long enough, training becomes a stressor on the body. This is a good thing. However, this stress has to be both monitored and managed for it to be effective in producing positive change within the human body.
In other words, how well does the warrior or athlete adapt to training is the paramount question? Poor adaptation will inevitably result in burn-out and possibly injury. Adapt well to training and hardiness occurs. Personally, I think this is the main-floor of the mansion of performance training and needs to be seriously considered during the planning stages, but even more so during implementation. It is during implementation that training needs to be titrated to better fit individual responses.
However, all too often, training is laid-out like placing a blanket over a bed, i.e., one fabric fits all. This is a mistake, I think, but it is the most convenient method of training to manage large numbers of athletes for small number of coaches. This approach is not effective as far as helping to develop long-term athletic producers although it is often justified by generating numbers (Newtons, reps, pounds, time).
Here are some training variables to consider in regards to helping to calculate and analyze training stress:
- Volume (how much?)
- Frequency (how often?)
- Duration (how long?)
- Intensity (how hard?)
- Ability (how much potential?)
- Skill (how proficient?)
- Recovery (how well recovered?)