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Managing Training Stress

Managing Training Stress

“Whether you’re looking for improved performance, health, or aesthetics, management of stress is crucial.


Simply, training stress has a relationship to an event. These events can have both negative and positive affects on one’s mental and physical health.

In the training arena, stress can be manipulated to disrupt homeostasis and, when applied appropriately, the resulting disruption leads to positive changes – but whether it’s a positive or a negative change depends upon the expertise of the programmer.

This is where I see the biggest problem in our industry – lack of forethought by trainers when programming volume and intensity.

I see this most often in the growing area of “General Physical Preparation (GPP)” training, specifically, armed forces and law enforcement professionals who require a high-level of balanced fitness to excel at their job.

Regardless of their occupation, GPP athletes are much more susceptible to overtraining and injury compared to single sport athletes, due to the concurrent training approach most GPP athletes use.

Over the years, however, I’ve wised up and started to implement a system that cybernetically adjusts volume and intensity based on specific biofeedback from my athletes.

The system uses a block style of periodization that prioritizes training based on each individual athlete’s weaknesses. This is done to create balance across all trainable components of performance.

But before we can address the issues associated with certain methods of training, let’s address the question, Ê”What is stress”?

Don’t Stress Out!


For decades coaches have used a single-factor training model to achieve improvements by way of homeokinesis.

This model’s success is dependent upon the conservative application of specific training “stressors” in a periodized fashion. The simplicity of this program makes it easier to manage the stress variables involved, especially with the novice athlete.

We see this super-compensation approach in most periodized strength programs. These programs are effective at creating improvements in strength, especially when the outside stress variables involved are few.”


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