Although, you can prepare for an endurance event it a matter of weeks, reaching a new level in endurance and performing well in endurance events is a year round pursuit. However, that doesn’t mean that you should try to hold peak fitness year round with high intensity, training volume and frequency. Being totally committed to the sport actually means that your annual training plan looks drastically different depending on the month.
This is a conversation that I am excited to have. In fitness and our chosen activities, I think that so many folks need to take a slow, but deliberate approach. ie build or progress slowly with consistency while building frequency, duration. Committing for the long-term is the only way. However, our entire social system is more geared to the opposite. More often I witness a get it now, get as much as you can and disregard everything else type of approach. Whether we are seasoned as athletes with years of training or whether we honestly just want to take our first try at a fitness or competitive activity (at any age) we will do best when we have RESPECT for our bodies. Most of the time it's the only body we have although there is such a thing as joint replacement. (OEM is really the best though) - however, I do have a dear friend who had a heart transplant at a young age... But I digress. You, yourself regardless of your current state of being, along with the way you move and the attitude you display in your fitness pursuit can be just as inspirational when exhibited in a thoughtful committed exercise program or to a chosen activity.
I ask of all my athletes to think about what athlete they are bringing to the practice. Whether it is strength workout, a sport practice or tactical training, I want them to be fueled, rested, recovered to the extent that the training stress that will be applied in that session will be constructive not destructive.
This may come off as harsh maybe negative... But when you look at exercise, workouts and training, there are differences. However, all should enhance health, strength, performance, etc. All activity from casual to competitive can teach us something- provide valuable lessons and perspective. But carelessness, ego driven, "style" workouts where risk of movements performed outweighs the possible return (benefit) and when they increase the risk of injury, it is never good.
With no apologies, I believe we are in the age of the "GOON WORKOUT."
Even the language used to describe the "workout system" brand can tell you something. The name alone might lead you to question whether you are in for an experience that is driven by a marketing hype campaign. I am all for over the top enthusiasm, creativity, even themes when they are safely applied as part of a sound program. But definitely, I stand against "brands" that unnecessarily put those who participate at risk.