The Off-Season

Spartan Worlds are over, the OCR Worlds in Canada are over, the race season has slowed down and it’s getting to be holiday season. This is what we like to call the off-season, a perfect time to relax and enjoy what you worked hard for with family and friends. And you know what? You earned it, take those couple of weeks off, maybe go outside and enjoy the leaves and the cooler weather before winter sets in. But after that it’s time to get back to work.

Something I hear often as a coach are people who say “I’ll start my routine after the New Year” as if it’s some magical thing that makes training easier. I’m here to tell you, if you wait that long to start training for the next race season or your spring and summer adventures you are way behind the curve and playing catch-up is a major challenge.

For our elite athletes, training starts for real in the next few weeks. We will be working on their base endurance and strength. We follow the mindset that if you’re not willing to train outside when it’s cold and wet, you won’t be willing to race well in it either. That means getting outside and putting some miles in no matter the conditions.

For our general fitness athletes they will be working on work-capacity, hypertrophy, and stamina this winter. We still follow our basic programming cycle, and these areas are very important to work on. This will provide them a solid strength and muscle density base along with the endurance to go a long time doing various tasks at various intensities. Perfect off-season training for the amateur racer, outdoor adventurer, or fitness fanatic.

The bottom line here is that no matter what you do this winter, do something. If you want 2017 to be the best year ever, you need to start preparing for it now.

If you want help this winter, RFT Coaching has classes available to get you in the best shape of your life for next season. We have our Mtn Fitness and Spartan SGX classes available, as well as 100% custom personal training, and 100% custom online coaching. If you’re looking for something a bit more generic we also sell ready-made programs for the Sprint, Super, and Beast Spartan Races, and we will be releasing the Agoge, and Hurricane Heat programs soon so be sure to check back often.

For the ready made programs go to: https://home.trainingpeaks.com/products/trainingplans/list.aspx?DCI=18&PS=50&searchtext=Spartan&searchmode=anyword&categoryfilter=0;&orderby=0;

Be sure to choose one from RFT Coaching, and use the code “WSOM” for 10% off at check out.

For more information on how we can help you have the best season ever send us an email to info@rftcoaching.com and we will get back to you right away!