Three ways to organise your Workout Library

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Hey Coach! How do you structure you library of workouts?

There are countless way to do this; none of them is right or wrong. They are simply different way to approach a topic that is mainly driven by personal preference.

Discipline

This seems to be the most logical approach; take a look at your workouts and split them by Swim, Bike, Run, Gym … it’s all up to you. This way provides very clear split of your workouts. There is no ambiguity in this approach.

Period

When you decided to go with a period you focus on the season phase in which your athlete is in. Let’s say as a coach you have six phases that you want your athletes go go through during the season:

  1. Preparation
  2. Base
  3. Build
  4. Peak
  5. Competition
  6. Transition

Most probably you would end up adding additional subgroups, such as Preparation-Bike or Base-Run to keep the things very clean. Most probably you would reuse some of the workouts in different periods, therefore you need to ask yourself if this is the way you want to go for. This is definitely perfections approach.

Intensity

This approach is used by coaches that have very frequent contact with their athletes, know where the athlete is and where the athlete should go. They feel what kind of button should be pushed at a certain time. Just as with the Period approach (above) so too with the Intensity approach most probably you will end up Prefixing/Suffixing a discipline: Run-Hard, Swim-Easy.

These three ways to organise your library and any others can be easily set up in Antelope.

Are there any other ways you organise your workouts? Please share with us in the comments below.