When setting up a program the “DYI” approach is never a good choice
Although it is true that athletes are the protagonists of performance, it is also true that performance is built and forged in training.
It is no coincidence that among the elite athletes with whom I work every day, the whole training process is managed by somebody or a staff, who has all the necessary skills to choose and adapt the quantity and quality of the training load.
More than one study has shown that the quality of athletic performance by professional athletes is determined to a considerable extent by the interaction and training with excellent coaches.
An excellent trainer is one who is able to make an X-ray of the athlete, also through the use of specific tests, identifying the athlete’s fitness level, physiological characteristics and as such, the athlete’s potential.
An excellent training program is a program that is formulated by highly competent trainers who develop their programming on a technical-scientific basis and the use of modern technologies.
The drafting of a training program is the result of scientific and methodological skills that are applied to developing an effective training program suitable for the particular athlete. The scientific dimension of the training methodology is taught in university and federal and CONI courses, but is also the fruit of years of work in the field with athletes.
Considering this, it can be easily understood that any type of improvisation in planning the training load by athletes themselves, will most probable not lead to the desired results in terms of performance but can even lead to a loss in performance or injuries.
In fact, I have seen that among non-professionals, more and more often, the habit of relying on generalized training programs found indiscriminately online is widespread. These are often programs which are not at all calibrated to the needs of the individual and which are prepared a priori without taking into consideration the variables involved, such as the athlete’s characteristics, actual fitness level, actual available time to train and the athlete’s goals for the season.
Hence, the importance that I attribute to the role of the personal coach (real or virtual, like the one we have developed with Bikevo). I firmly believe that it is necessary to teach non-professional athletes the right way to approach training, through technologically advanced tools, whose contents are written by professional coaches.