Welcome to Sparks Advanced Training and Physiology Camp 2015!
Day 1 scratched the surface of what we’ll be covering this week. All campers arrived on time, on a non-typical cool day in Conshohocken, PA. Athletes traveled from all over, each with the goal of improving their training as well as learning a little more about themselves and how they can get stronger, stay more focused, and learn to be more confident with their training. Our single coxswain arrived with the goal of making better technical calls and learning how to recognize faults in technique and correct them during a practice or race.
We traveled to the STUDIO B facility, which is a personal training studio overlooking Conshohocken on Route 76, as well as the “Upper” Schuylkill River, which was flooded due to the heavy rain that fell the night before. Athletes were given a short overview of what we would cover during the week, and then Coach Rufo put the athletes through a Functional Movement Screen which will be explained in more detail on Day 2.
Athletes then went through Workout #1, which was a steady state workout on the erg. Athletes learned about the link between Heart Rate and split. It was challenging for athletes to figure out how to “go slower” and find different training intensities within the same workout. Our coxswain was also able to take over part of the practice, make technical observations, and help athletes correct them. She even assigned Coach Rufo to work with some athletes on certain parts of their rowing stroke!
Following the long workout #1, athletes returned to the hotel for dinner and a quick shower, before they reconvened to have a “Get to know you” icebreaker. We learned that Coach Rufo did not play the bass in a Ska band, and only a few athletes knew was Ska was! After the ice breaker, instructions were given out in regards to the upcoming Day 2’s schedule and training. It was definitely time to go to bed!
Before every returned to their rooms, athletes were given a sample of their AthleteDISC Profile through Athlete Assessments*. This was a unique opportunity for athletes to learn a little more about themselves and how they perceived themselves as an athlete in training situations, as well as understand how they behave when training and racing gets tougher. The most important thing athletes took away was what their strengths are, and that is something we will build on during the week.
On to Day 2!
*AthleteDISC was developed by Athlete Assessments and is unique profiling system designed for athletes. It provides insight on an athlete’s personality and behaviors to allows them to understand how and why they behave a certain way in training and competition. This pattern can alos be linked to an athlete’s performance.
If you are interested in learning more about yourself using AthleteDISC and Athlete Assessments, please contact Coach Rufo at firstname.lastname@example.org.